Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Jaysh al-Mujahideen Iraq Statements: Clashes with the Islamic State: Translation and Analysis

August 26, 2014 at 10:16 pm

To recap briefly, Jaysh al-Mujahideen is a Salafi nationalist grouping with anti-Shi'a sentiment and revolutionary aims. However, the group's tensions with the Islamic State in al-Karma (eastern Anbar province), where the group has had a strong presence from the beginning of the revitalised Sunni Arab insurgency this year with good links with local tribesmen, have been simmering for a while. For instance, in May, allegations arose that IS was attempting to gain a monopoly on commodities going in and out of al-Karma so that locals would be forced to buy fuel and food from IS. Further, Jaysh al-Mujahideen disapproves of IS on a broader ideological level for 'ghuluw' ('extremism'). For example, see the most recent prior statement, which, though not calling out IS by name and primarily intended to denounce notions of forming a new 'Sahwa' to fight IS, probably takes an indirect swipe at IS in mentioning rejection of 'extremism' and takfir (declaring others who profess to be Muslim to be non-Muslims).

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Naqshbandi Army Statement- 24 August: Analysis and Translation

August 26, 2014 at 6:35 am

Intro and Analysis

The latest Naqshbandi Army (JRTN) statement reaffirms many prior JRTN messages, including the stress on the necessity of 'revolution', rejection of federalism and any other projects regarded as 'dividing' Iraq, accusing the government of being behind displacements of members of Iraq's various sects, destruction of shrines etc. There is still no indication of any intention of a plan to confront the Islamic State (IS) on a broader scale despite the distancing from IS' actions against minorities and heritage sites.

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Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part IV)

August 19, 2014  •  Syria Comment

I have previously documented part/predominantly foreign fighter battalions in Syria here, here and here. Below are a couple more groups as part of this series.

Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham


Logo of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham, with motto reading: "We are victorious or we die." The group's other main slogan is: "The law of God rules us," similar to the mentality of other foreign fighter battalions like theImam Bukhari Battalion of Uzbek fighters.


Al-Mi'ad Media, the media wing of Jaysh Muhammad.

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Naqshbandi Army (JRTN) Activist Front Groups

August 18, 2014

The Naqshbandi Army (Jaysh Rijal al-Tariqa al-Naqshbandia/JRTN)- the Ba'athist-Sufi outfit led by Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri I have documented previously- stands out among Iraq's various Sunni insurgent groups for its operating multiple front groups on the military and political levels. At the military level, this phenomenon has taken the form of local "Military Councils for the Revolutionaries of the Tribes," a whole string of which issued statements recently reaffirming the rejection of the current government and constitution and stressing the goal of 'revolution' and overthrowing the system.

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Jamaat Ansar al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Bayt al-Maqdis: 16 August Statement: Translation and Analysis

August 17, 2014 at 7:24 am

Intro and Analysis

As I mentioned in a previous post, the evidence points to Jamaat Ansar al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Bayt al-Maqdis as the Islamic State's (IS) network in the Gaza-Sinai area, not only engaging in da'wah activism for IS on the ground, but also acting as a feeder network of Gazan and Sinai fighters for IS in the Iraq-Syria arena. The latest statement, which speaks of sending a replacement for Abu al-Bara' of Gaza- the explosives expert from the group who came to IS in Syria and was killed in July- as a representative, provides additional corroboration for what I have written about Jamaat Ansar al-Dawla al-Islamiya fi Bayt al-Maqdis.

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