Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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"We will move forth to excellence"- New Nasheed from Islamic State's Ajnad Media

August 31, 2015 at 7:20 am

This nasheed is apparently by the deceased Islamic State munshid Maher Mesh'al. My translation below:

"We will move forth to excellence, we worry not. [chorus]

Truly we have come as the destiny in the heights.
Verily it is the era of epic battles: it has come, flourishing with fighting.

Be not gentle, be not disdainful: be lofty like the mountains.
Destroy them, ruin them, and smash the head of error.

We will strike the soul in the enemy like arrows.
Amid the assaults of the marching columns, we will overcome the difficulty of the attainment.

Dawlat al-Islam [Islamic State], we will raise it by the corpses of men.
Dawlat al-Islam, we have come redeeming it with souls."

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The Archivist: Critical Analysis of the Islamic State's Health Department

August 27, 2015  •  Jihadology

The Islamic State's [IS] health department (Diwan al-Siha) is probably most familiar to UK readers, who will recognize the 'ISHS' (Islamic State Health Service) branding as a spin-off of the 'NHS' (National Health Service). The ISHS was promoted in an official Raqqa province video featuring two muhajireen medical personnel, the first of whom (originally from Australia) urges Muslim medical personnel from around the world to join IS, saying: "Muslims here are really suffering from not necessarily a lack of equipment or medicine but mainly a lack of qualified medical care." Though the video acknowledges lack of personnel, documents not officially released by IS also show that shortages of medical supplies are a significant problem. Of all departments, the IS Diwan al-Siha is arguably the least impressive, afflicted as it is by brain drain, deficiencies in supplies and lack of innovation despite the influx of muhajireen.

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The Archivist: 26 Unseen Islamic State Administrative Documents: Overview, Translation & Analysis

August 24, 2015  •  Jihadology


Of all jihadist groups, the Islamic State [IS] by far has presented the most comprehensive, ostensible bureaucratic structure as part of its claimed state project, embodied foremost in a system of diwans (government departments) since the declaration of the Caliphate in June 2014. The best means to analyse the nuances of this set-up is through looking at documents issued by these departments that have not been officially released in IS' media outlets.

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"This Path and These Banners"- Nasheed from the Islamic State

August 23, 2015 at 3:26 pm

The Islamic State's videos regularly feature very short nasheeds not released as individual productions by Ajnad Media. One example was covered on this blog here regarding Boko Haram's pledge of allegiance to the Islamic State to become West Africa Province. Below is another of these nasheeds, by no means wholly new but featured most recently in a Ninawa Province video regarding the renewal of allegiance from the tribes of the Ninawa plain. For the focus on Baghdad and Damascus, compare with e.g. the nasheed 'Squadrons of my State' from the ISIS era (pre-Caliphate declaration).

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Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: Recruiting the Shi'a of Damascus

August 12, 2015  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Liwa al-Sayyida Ruqayya: "The Ja'afari Force: The Islamic Resistance in Syria."

The rallying call of Shi'a jihadi groups to defend the Sayyida Zainab shrine in the Damascus area is well known, but it is not the only religious symbol used in the justification of shrine defence in Syria. The Damascus area is also home to the shrine of Sayyida Ruqayya, the daughter of Imam Hussein who was taken captive at the Battle of Karbala and died in captivity in Damascus. She is also known as Sakina/Sukayna.

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