Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Kata'ib al-Jabalawi: A Pro-Assad Militia from Homs

July 19, 2016  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Kata'ib al-Jabalawi. The top reads: "Syrian Arab Republic." The bottom: "Katibat al-Jabalawi" (al-Jabalawi Battalion, interchangeable with Kata'ib al-Jabalawi). The person in the centre of the emblem is one Mazen Jabalawi, about whom more below.

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Observations on the new Islamic State video 'Structure of the Caliphate'

July 6, 2016 at 4:17 pm

Readers of this blog will have known that a long-standing interest of mine has been the structure of Islamic State (IS) administration, focusing primarily on internal documents. To mark the start of Eid, IS has released via its central media outlet al-Furqan Media a video on the very subject, entitled 'Structure of the Caliphate'. Below are some observations of mine:

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"The Dawla Has Arisen"- Nasheed from Ajnad Media

July 3, 2016 at 3:45 pm

'Qamat al-Dawla' ('The Dawla Has Arisen'- in reference to the Islamic State) was a nasheed produced by Ajnad Media and released in mid-January 2016. Whereas a number of Islamic State nasheeds use straightforward classical Arabic ('We will move forth to excellence' being a good example), this one is particularly interesting for what is often termed Bedouin Arabic in form and language: terminology used generically to refer to the Arabian Peninsula. A somewhat comparative case is the nasheed 'Oh Son of Yemen' that notably contains the phrase 'وش علامك' ('what you want/seek', in reference to the Houris of paradise).

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Quwat al-Ghadab: A Pro-Assad Christian Militia in Suqaylabiyah

July 3, 2016  •  Syria Comment

Social media graphic for Quwat al-Ghadab (no official insignia/emblems in existence). Another appellation used in reference to these forces is Junud al-Masih ('Soldiers of Christ').

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The 'Martyrs' of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya (The Ja'afari Force)

May 29, 2016  •  Syria Comment

Current emblem of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya. Top: "If God supports you, no one can overcome you" [Qur'an 3:160]. Centre: "The Ja'afari Force: Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya." Bottom: "The Islamic Resistance in Syria."

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