Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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"We have the Swords"- Nasheed from Islamic State's Ajnad Media

May 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

One of the "darker" nasheeds of the Islamic State, similar in tone to "We have come as soldiers for God":

We have the raging, smiling [gleaming] swords,
We have the cry of truth when the clash takes place.
We are the defiant, raging lions,
Breaking iron with strong determination,
Breaking iron with strong determination.

When war comes with the melody of bullets,
We descend on disbelief, desiring retaliation.
They nourish death: for there is no escape,
While we nourish guidance from the blood of the vein,
While we nourish guidance from the blood of the vein.

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Interview with the leader of Harakat al-Nujaba: Translation and Analysis

April 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Harakat Hizballah al-Nujaba (HHN: The Movement of the Party of God of the Outstanding) is one of the major new Shi'a political and militant organizations to have emerged in Iraq, first coming to the fore in 2013 with its deployments to Syria in the form of multiple front groups, such as the Liwa Ammar ibn Yasir. Like Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq, Kata'ib Hezbollah and the Badr Organization, the group openly identifies with Iran ideologically, regularly featuring the portrait of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei in its media output. Note also the sample logo below echoing the Iranian imagery of the globe and extended rifle, reflecting Iran's global Islamist revolutionary ideology.

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Muqawama Suriya Statement: Loss of Jisr al-Shughur: Translation and Analysis

April 26, 2015 at 1:38 pm

The Muqawama Suriya, as I have profiled previously, is a pro-Assad militia led by Turkish born Alawite Ali Kayali, who prior to the Syrian civil war had been focused on bringing the Sanjak of Alexandretta in Turkey under Syrian rule. Though the group is primarily based in Latakia, it also had considerable influence in Idlib province, including in Idlib city and Jisr al-Shughur, both of which recently fell to rapid rebel offensives spearheaded by jihadist forces, including Jabhat al-Nusra and the Turkestan Islamic Party. In the latest statement below from the Muqawama Suriya Aleppo office, the defeat in Jisr al-Shughur is portrayed as a strategic retreat and regrouping on the periphery, with emphasis on the need for Syrians to support the long war effort. Below is a photo from Jisr al-Shughur last year when the Muqawama Suriya advocated for the "re-election" of Assad as president.

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Jamaat Ansar al-Islam: Eulogy to Abu Ahmad of Mosul: Translation and Analysis

April 15, 2015 at 8:23 am

This latest statement from Jamaat Ansar al-Islam is intended to commemorate Abu Ahmad of Mosul, a leading figure in Jamaat Ansar al-Islam's Iraq branch who was reportedly killed by the group's traditional rivals the Islamic State, whose claim to a state/caliphate it has officially rejected. However, on account of ideological overlap in that Jamaat Ansar al-Islam is also aspiring to a caliphate and the overwhelming power of the Islamic State [IS] inside Iraq, the overwhelming majority of members- primarily based in Ninawa and Kirkuk provinces and smaller contingents mainly in Salah ad-Din and Anbar provinces- have given allegiance to IS (approximately 90%, as confirmed by Abu Bakr al-Iraqi and Abu Obeida al-Salafi, two of the remnants in Kirkuk and Baghdad who did not give allegiance).

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Is ISIS Islamic, and Other "Foolish" Debates

April 3, 2015  •  Jihadology

"Do they think we are Jewish now? lol," responded one ISIS fighter in Syria when asked for his thoughts on the current public debate about whether the Islamic State is actually Islamic. He went on to make an argument, as many of these fighters often do when interviewed, that not only is the Islamic State Islamic but it is the purest and most pristine form of Islam, the kind most in line with what God and His Prophet had intended all along. Another ISIS fighter from South Africa, when asked how he knew that the Islamic State was legitimate, remarked that "I just used my brain."

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