Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Additional Notes on the Druze of Jabal al-Summaq

October 6, 2015 at 5:52 pm

The process of editing a piece often leads to oversimplification for the sake of word limits and the like. Here is some original content that did not make it into the final piece I co-wrote with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross for Foreign Affairs on the issue of the Druze of Jabal al-Summaq in Idlib province and jihadist interactions with them, both historically and following the Qalb Lawze massacre:

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Druze Clues
Al Nusra's Rebranding and What It Means for Syria

October 5, 2015  •  Foreign Affairs

The market for extremism has been so disrupted by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and its penchant for extraordinary brutality that even a group as notorious as al Qaeda is now able to reposition—or, one might say, rebrand—itself. In Syria, al Qaeda has tried to paint itself as a more reasonable jihadist force with which other rebels on the ground and outside states can cooperate.

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The Archivist: Unseen Islamic State Financial Accounts for Deir az-Zor Province

October 5, 2015  •  Jihadology

The question of where the Islamic State [IS] acquires its funding has been a subject of much discussion. Though ideological partisans often see a private Gulf Arab funding hand behind IS, the general consensus now seems to accept that IS is not dependent on foreign donors in any meaningful way, and thus largely acquires its revenues from resources within the territories it operates, including taxation, sales of oil and gas, antiquities and the like. Thus, the majority of the debate now focuses on trying to determine the relative importance of each of these sources of revenue.

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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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