Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Paris Attacks Reflect Intelligence Failure -- Not a Change in ISIS Strategy

November 20, 2015  •  Huffington Post

The recent attacks in Paris carried out by the Islamic State have led to widespread speculation about a possible shift in strategy on the part of ISIS. Taken in conjunction with the downing of a Russian passenger plane over the Sinai and the bombings in the predominantly Shia Dahiyeh suburbs of Beirut, it is argued that ISIS is lashing out at the "far enemy" as it comes under pressure on the home fronts in Iraq and Syria, such as its recent loss of control of Sinjar, a town that formed part of a key route connecting the de facto ISIS capitals of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq.

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Has Assad's New Offensive Changed Syria's Front Lines?

November 11, 2015  •  Syria Deeply

Backed by heavy Russian airstrikes, government forces and allied militias fighting to support Bashar al-Assad have launched a series of coordinated ground offensives across northwestern Syria since the beginning of October. The hope is to regain territory lost to rebels over the past year and to shore up areas vital to Assad's survival. But while state-run Syrian and Russian media highlight success after success, the results may not be as promising as Assad and his backers would have liked.

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The Archivist: 'Go Forth, Lightly and Heavily Armed': New Mobilization Calls By the Islamic State in Aleppo Province

October 30, 2015  •  Jihadology

Introduction: Context and Analysis

With the intensification of Russia's overt intervention inside Syria, regime forces and allied militias have launched multiple offensives in the north of Syria. One of these offensives is taking place in Aleppo province and has three primary aims: to expand the line of control to the southwest of Aleppo city, to attempt (again) to complete the encirclement of Aleppo city and break the rebel sieges of the Shi'a villages of Nubl and Zahara' to the northwest of Aleppo city, and finally to push eastwards against the Islamic State [IS] and break IS' long-standing siege of Kweiris military airbase.

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"Be with God"- New Nasheed from the Islamic State

October 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm

As always, translation below. Suggestions for revisions welcome. To listen to the original, see here.

Be with God, pure, and worry not.
Everything is heading to disappearance.
Live modestly in content, submitting,
Free from every grave matter [chorus].

Indeed the rope of God, oh, this is strong,
Reinforced of fibres and of the strongest cords.
If you reach it, it is arrival for the servant.
So seize the opportunity and have the fortune of that union.


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This is our Aqeeda and This is our Manhaj: Islam 101 according to the Islamic State

October 27, 2015 at 11:55 pm

The Islamic State- previously ISIS- has published numerous da'wa pamphlets over the past two years on matters of religious doctrine and practice, primarily in the name of its al-Himma Library. This pamphlet- on aqeeda ('creed/doctrine') and manhaj ('ideological program/direction')-is one of the most basic outlines of Islamic State ideology available from the Islamic State itself. I have translated it in full at the request of Shiraz Maher. I have also included commentary mainly in the form of endnotes and occasional notes in the form of square brackets within the text for Qur'an quotations and clarity in translation.

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