Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Hallili Samar al-Hirab: New Nasheed from the Islamic State

November 28, 2015 at 6:52 pm

A nasheed released this month by the Islamic State's Ajnad Media. My translation below (listen to the original here).

"Say la illa ha ill Allah,* shout the takbir, and be lofty,
For Paradise is the long-standing appointment.

Say la illa ha ill Allah, say la illa ha ill Allah, say la illa ha ill Allah, oh darkness of spears.
Shout the takbir, shout the takbir, shout the takbir: the absence has been long.
My response and revenge have approached, so be lofty above the clouds.
Rain down on them, drive them with tribulations and devastation. [chorus]

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The Paris Attacks Reflect Intelligence Failure -- Not a Change in ISIS Strategy

November 20, 2015  •  Huffington Post

The recent attacks in Paris carried out by the Islamic State have led to widespread speculation about a possible shift in strategy on the part of ISIS. Taken in conjunction with the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai and the bombings in the predominantly Shia Dahiyeh suburbs of Beirut, it is argued that ISIS is lashing out at the "far enemy" as it comes under pressure on the home fronts in Iraq and Syria, such as its recent loss of control of Sinjar, a town that formed part of a key route connecting the de facto ISIS capitals of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

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Has Assad's New Offensive Changed Syria's Front Lines?

November 11, 2015  •  Syria Deeply

Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, government forces and allied militias fighting to support Bashar al-Assad have launched a series of coordinated ground offensives across northwestern Syria since the beginning of October. The hope is to regain territory lost to rebels over the past year and to shore up areas vital to Assad's survival. But while state-run Syrian and Russian media highlight success after success, the results may not be as promising as Assad and his backers would have liked.

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The Archivist: 'Go Forth, Lightly and Heavily Armed': New Mobilization Calls By the Islamic State in Aleppo Province

October 30, 2015  •  Jihadology

Introduction: Context and Analysis

With the intensification of Russia's overt intervention inside Syria, regime forces and allied militias have launched multiple offensives in the north of Syria. One of these offensives is taking place in Aleppo province and has three primary aims: to expand the line of control to the southwest of Aleppo city, to attempt (again) to complete the encirclement of Aleppo city and break the rebel sieges of the Shi'a villages of Nubl and Zahara' to the northwest of Aleppo city, and finally to push eastwards against the Islamic State [IS] and break IS' long-standing siege of Kweiris military airbase.

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"Be with God"- New Nasheed from the Islamic State

October 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm

As always, translation below. Suggestions for revisions welcome. To listen to the original, see here.

Be with God, pure, and worry not.
Everything is heading to disappearance.
Live modestly in content, submitting,
Free from every grave matter [chorus].

Indeed the rope of God, oh, this is strong,
Reinforced of fibres and of the strongest cords.
If you reach it, it is arrival for the servant.
So seize the opportunity and have the fortune of that union.


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