Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Ummah of Islam, Good Tidings: Jihadi Nasheed by Abu Abd al-Malik

November 20, 2014 at 10:49 pm

The jihadi nasheed I have translated below is an old work of a Saudi munshid ('nasheed singer') by the name of Abu Abd al-Malik, real name Mohsen al-Dos(a)ri. Along with another Saudi munshid by the name of Abu Ali (of the famous 'Madin kas-Sayf', 'Bi Jihadina', 'Jaljalat' and other jihadi nasheeds), Abu Abd al-Malik was certainly a fan favourite of jihadi forums for the main part of the 2000s, but eventually fell out of favour as a personality even as compositions such as 'Ummah of Islam, Good Tidings' continued to be widely used. As a forum user on Muslim.orgremarked in 2009, "As for Abu Abd al-Malik, he has changed his direction, turned against the mujahideen and shaved his beard." Indeed, Abu Abd al-Malik's transformation from a jihadi munshid to a more regular music artist (the art of ghana') was featured in an interview with him on al-Arabiya in April 2012, in which he characterized the shift as a "transfer in artistry and specialty from the good to the better." To coincide with the move to more conventional song was the release of an album by the name of 'Three Cards.'

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Islamic State: 'Wilayat Barqa' Operations Statement: Translation & Analysis

November 17, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Intro and Analysis
As a companion to my post on the emergence of the Islamic State's 'Wilayat Barqa' ('Cyrenaica Province') in eastern Libya (mostly in the city of Derna, to be specific), here is a translation of a new Wilayat Barqa statement on military operations against its rivals in the Tobruq-based government's army and Heftar's forces (government-aligned).

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The Emergence of the Islamic State's 'Cyrenaica Province' (Wilayat Barqa) in Libya

November 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

As has been noted previously, in his new speech put out by al-Furqan Media, the Islamic State's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi explicitly acknowledged the recent series of pledges of allegiance to him from Sinai, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Algeria, with the creation of new 'wilayat' ('provinces') therein. I had also noted that the most realistic prospects of this declaration translating to tangible results on the ground- that is, in terms of actually building the trappings of a state on the precedent in Syria and Iraq- exist in Libya and Sinai. In Libya, the concept of 'Wilayat Barqa' ('Cyrenaica Province', referring to eastern Libya) had already come to light in the city of Derna, where jihadis had some weeks ago declared their allegiance to the Islamic State. Here were some early signs of this 'Wilayat Barqa' (October time).

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General Military Council for Iraq's Revolutionaries [GMCIR]- 29 October Statement

November 16, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Considering all the prior analysis that has been done here on the GMCIR (an initiative of the Ba'athist-Sufi Jaysh Rijal al-Tariqa al-Naqshbandia [JRTN] and Harith al-Dhari's Muslim Scholars Association together with his 1920s Revolution Brigades), not much needs to be said here other than the following:

- As ever, the style of address overlaps with JRTN: 'Oh dignified people of Iraq.'

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Islamic State [IS] Acknowledgements of Allegiances- 12 November: Translation and Analysis

November 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

While it has been noted that the recent speech by IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (released on 13 November) constituted the first recognition by Baghdadi of pledges of allegiance to him and his group from outside Iraq and Syria- specifically in Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Yemen and Saudi Arabia (a series that emerged on 10 November beginning with Jamaat Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis)- with consequent nullification of distinct group identities and announcement of new 'wilayāt' ('provinces') of IS therein, official IS recognition of the pledges had already been extended at least a day before at the lower level by an IS "General Media Committee," according to the statement translated by me below and distributed by IS sources in Iraq's Ninawa province. That this statement appeared in Ninawa province is unsurprising when we consider this just released official IS Ninawa province video of celebrations of the new pledges of allegiance.

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