Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Naqshbandi Army: Islamic New Year Statement: Translation and Analysis

October 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Intro and Analysis
According to the Islamic calendar, it is now the year 1436 AH (dated from the time of the purported migration of Muhammad and his followers to Yathrib-renamed Medina- from Mecca). To mark the New Year, the Jaysh Rijal al-Tariqa al-Naqshbandia [JRTN] has released the following statement. It is most notable for its reaffirmation of prior statements of the intention to continue on the path of revolution and usual lack of mentioning the Islamic State by name. Indeed, for JRTN, it is as though the Islamic State does not exist, despite the very clear Islamic State assertions of power in Fallujah, Tikrit and Mosul- to name just a few places- at the expense of JRTN.

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Jaysh al-Mujahideen Iraq: Condemnation of the Islamic State: Translation and Analysis

October 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Intro and Analysis
This document put out by the Shari'a Committee of Jaysh al-Mujahideen- a Salafi nationalist group aiming to overthrow the central government in Iraq and anti-Shi'a in outlook- is to be noted for the following:

1. The context of this lengthy condemnation of what is now the Islamic State was Abu Muhammad al-Adnani's speech for what was then ISIS [the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham; now just the Islamic State or IS] as infighting had broken out at the start of January 2014 between ISIS and other rebel groups. Adnani characterized the infighting as part of a Syrian 'Sahwa' against ISIS based on the Iraq precedent.

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Naqshbandi Army Statement- 22 October: Translation

October 24, 2014 at 11:44 am

Statement by Jaysh Rijal al-Tariqa al-Naqshbandia [JRTN] official spokesman denying what was put out in a statement by a new unknown front. 22 October 2014.

Oh dignified people of Iraq,
Oh sons of our Arab Islamic Ummah,

A statement was put out on Internet sites towards the end of Dhu Hijjah 1435 AH, corresponding to 18 Tishreen al-Awal [October] 2014 put out in the name of a new unknown front, and in this regard we affirm the following:

1. We resolutely deny our joining this front.

2. Whoever wants to know about the army [JRTN]'s official statements and declarations, let him go to the official electronic site of our army on the Internet at http://www.alnakshabandia.net/army.

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Jabhat Ansar al-Din: Analysis and Interview

October 23, 2014  •  Syria Comment

Logo of Jabhat Ansar al-Din

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The White Shroud: A Syrian Resistance Movement to the Islamic State

October 22, 2014  •  Syria Comment


Logo of "The White Shroud"

I have previously written on Sunni groups created within Iraq to fight against the Islamic State [IS], but what about in Syria? Some attention has been devoted to the group "Al-Kafn Al-Abyad" (The White Shroud), but on social media I have seen some controversy as to the nature of The White Shroud. For example, people ask: is it Jabhat al-Nusra, or 'FSA'?

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