Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna

October 22, 2014  •  Iraq Insurgent Profiles (aymennjawad.org)


Logo of Jamaat Ansar al-Sunna

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The Men of the al-Qadisiya Army: A Made-Up Social Media Insurgent Group

October 21, 2014  •  Iraq Insurgent Profiles (aymennjawad.org)



Logo of the Men of the al-Qadisiya Army

On this site and elsewhere, I have profiled numerous Iraqi Sunni insurgent brands through use of social media. At the same time, it should go without saying that one has to be careful when using material from social media as a source of information: problems we encounter as analysts of the insurgency include groups appropriating credit from others for certain operations, claimed operations that never happened, and even groups that do not actually exist. I examined a case of the last of the aforementioned problems in the spring of this year with a purported 'Jaysh Mustafa'- a brand dating back to the Iraq War- claiming allegiance to what was then ISIS. However, a quick examination showed that the photos used were simply taken from other factions like Jaysh al-Mujahideen. Besides this, ISIS sources showed no awareness of a Jaysh Mustafa, and one denounced it as simply a made-up Ba'athist online entity.

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Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada- Threats to Saudi Arabia: Translation and Analysis

October 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Intro and Analysis
Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada is an Iranian proxy Iraqi Shi'a militia that first emerged as a participant in the Syrian civil war, fighting against the rebels as part of the 'shrine defence' [Sayyida Zainab] narrative. With the renewal of the Sunni Arab insurgency spearheaded by the Islamic State in Iraq this year, the group has also been participating in fighting alongside the government's regular armed forces and other Shi'a militias against the insurgents.



Logo of Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada

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Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Statement: Solidarity with the Islamic State

October 17, 2014 at 11:06 am

Intro and Analysis

The latest statement from al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP, h/t to Charlie Winter for drawing it to my attention) denounces the coalition airstrikes against the Islamic State [IS] and reiterates its call for an end to infighting among the jihadis in the Iraq-Syria arena. I take this opportunity to emphasize that this statement does not mean a true reconciliation between AQAP and IS, let alone between al-Qa'ida as a whole and IS: as I have outlined before, IS' claimed Caliphate status and demand for recognition and allegiance from all the world's Muslims prevents a real compromise when it comes to power status and relations with al-Qa'ida and its affiliates.

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Interview with Sayyid Hashim Muhammad Ali: Commander of the National Ideological Resistance in Syria

October 15, 2014  •  Syria Comment

Following on from my previous post here at Syria Comment on the National Ideological Resistance in Syria (a 'Syrian Hezbollah' militia brand primarily based in Tartous and Hama governorates but also operating militarily at least in Aleppo province as well), below is an interview I recently conducted with the group's leader: Sayyid Hashim Muhammad Ali.


Sayyid Hashim Muhammad Ali, who is based in Tartous.

Some things to note in particular about this interview:

1. 'Syrian Hezbollah' brands at the grassroots level- whether or not actually set up by Hezbollah- with propagation of Iranian-aligned Shi'ism among Syrian Alawites predate the onset of the civil war in Syria, if the Sayyid's testimony is true.

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