Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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"Declare that you are resistance"- New Nasheed from the Muqawama Suriya

July 28, 2015 at 9:17 am

The pro-Assad militia Muqawama Suriya (profile here) is one of the most prolific producers of nasheeds (songs) among pro-Assad factions. Below is my translation of the group's most recent production (original lyrics here). The particular emphasis on victory and martyrdom may relate to the recent losses of the regime and the Muqawama Suriya in Idlib and Homs provinces to the rebels and Islamic State respectively.

"Raise your voice high and declare that you are resistance.
Be loyal to truth, and do not be content with bartering.
We are seekers of martyrdom.
We go forward on the path of God.
Our land is the land of martrydom.
At your service, oh Syria.

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The Reemergence of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham

July 27, 2015 at 7:36 pm

After many months of social media absence, the jihadi group Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham under Abu Obeida al-Masri has recently advertised its presence in the city of Idlib city as part of the Jaysh al-Fatah jihadi-rebel coalition that conquered the city and other parts of Idlib province from Assad regime forces.

Jaysh Muhammad-run Shari'a Institute in Idlib city: lesson for children.

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Islamic State Training Camp Textbook: "Course in Monotheism"- Complete Text, Translation and Analysis

July 26, 2015

Preface and Commentary

As mentioned in previous excerpt posts (here and here), the textbook "Muqarrar fi al-Tawhid" (Course in Tawheed/Monotheism) is the book that must be learned and understood by training camp recruits if they are to pass the recruitment and training processes. Written by the Bahraini cleric Turki Binali (who most recently appeared in official Islamic State propaganda giving a sermon in Raqqa province), it is issued by the Diwan al-Eftaa' wa al-Buhuth Committee that also deals with Islamic State fatwas and other theological treatises, most infamously one dealing with justifications for having female sex slaves.

The contents of this textbook can be divided and summarised as follows:

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The Coastal Shield Brigade: A New Pro-Assad Militia

July 23, 2015  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of the Coastal Shield Brigade. On top: "Coastal Shield Brigade." In middle (with portrait of Bashar al-Assad): "Republican Guard. Knights of Assad." On bottom: "Syrian Arab Army."

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Hizballah, the Jihad in Syria, and Commemorations in Lebanon

July 13, 2015  •  Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA Journal)

This report–in part based on a two-week trip to Lebanon in April 2015–examines the role of Hizballah in the ongoing Syrian civil war, particularly its relation with the wider Shi'i jihadi militia efforts in support of the Assad regime. The article also examines "martyrdom" commemorations for Hizballah fighters killed in Syria, with a collection of tombstones and posters in a variety of locations throughout Lebanon examined in parallel with online evidence.


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