Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Repentance: Financial Income for the Islamic State

September 28, 2015 at 4:16 pm

The concept of repentance (tawba in Arabic) is key for the Islamic State (IS) whenever it takes over a new area and aims to consolidate control. Whoever undergoes repentance under IS successfully is issued a repentance ID document that stipulates the person has abandoned his/her apostasy and is to be treated like the rest of the Muslim populace under IS rule (Specimen 3V). The repentance process has two main applications. First, it is used to subdue people who had been affliated with rival forces primarily through the quid pro quo principle of sparing one's life in exchange for surrendering all weapons to IS. This generally includes members of Syrian rebel groups, Sunni conscripts to the Syrian army, and members of the Iraqi army and police. For a sample case, see Specimen 1B in the archive of IS admin documents with the case of the Albukamal area in Syria. At times, IS has faced agitation against its rule from those who had repented, such as in the Fallujah area, which led to the tightening of repentance conditions last year (Specimen 6Q).

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Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa al-Ansar's Allegiance to Jabhat al-Nusra

September 27, 2015 at 9:36 pm

Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa al-Ansar was arguably the largest contingent of the 'third way' Jabhat Ansar al-Din jihadi coalition of northern Syria, having absorbed a component of the coalition- the Green Battalion- last year. Linked to the Caucasus Emirate through its amir Salah ad-Din al-Shishani, Jaysh al-Muhajireen wa al-Ansar had been reluctant to advocate openly denouncing and confronting the Islamic State [IS] on account of an anti-fitna stance, even though such a position is not tenable in the face of IS' demands for allegiance. The other members of Jabhat Ansar al-Din- Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiya and Harakat Sham al-Islam- lambasted IS at length in separate statements (see here and here) following its renewed offensive on rebel-held areas of north Aleppo countryside beginning at the end of May 2015. Harakat Fajr al-Sham al-Islamiya had acknowledged the prior stance of neutrality regarding IS.

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The Archivist: Unseen Islamic State Fatwas on Jihad and Sabaya

September 25, 2015  •  Jihadology

Islamic State [IS] fatwas are the product of the Diwan al-Eftaa' wa al-Buhuth (Fatwa Issuing and Investigation Department), which is also responsible for the production of Islamic State training camp textbooks such as the basicMuqarrar fi al-Tawhid ("Course in Tawheed"). The Diwan al-Eftaa' wa al-Buhuth was founded following the declaration of the Caliphate and is illustrative of the wider trend of more complex IS government organization since the Caliphate declaration embodied in the diwans, ostensibly functioning as a conventional central government with provincial and local branches of administration departments.

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Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk: History and Analysis

September 18, 2015  •  Syria Comment

Establishment and Beginnings (2012-2013)

Initial emblem of Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk

Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk (The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade) was formed in the summer of 2012 initially using the name Katiba Shuhada' al-Yarmouk and based primarily in southwest Deraa province. The group first came to prominence with the capture of UN peacekeeping troops in March 2013 in the Jamla area near the UN patrolled portion of the Golan Heights. In the initial statement on the hostage taking, Liwa Shuhada' al-Yarmouk justified its actions as follows:

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Liwa Thuwar al-Raqqa: History, Analysis & Interview

September 14, 2015  •  Syria Comment

History and Analysis

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