Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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A Jaysh al-Mujahideen Amir's Testimony on Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

December 12, 2014 at 12:09 am

I have written many times before on Jaysh al-Mujahideen, the Salafi, anti-Shi'a insurgent group in Iraq aspiring to overthrow the central government but also a noted rival of the Islamic State (IS), having issued a lengthy condemnation of IS in January 2014 (the mere preface of which I translated and analyzed) and clashed with IS for control of al-Karma in August culminating in Jaysh al-Mujahideen's withdrawal from the town. One of the focuses of Jaysh al-Mujahideen's criticisms of IS is that IS' leaders arose from the U.S.-run prison of Camp Bucca during the days of the Iraq War. Among those leaders is none other than Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the current proclaimed caliph of IS.

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The Story of Shami Witness

December 12, 2014  •  Syria Comment

Those of you reading this post will probably know by now of the latest viral story to hit social media: namely, the revelation of the true identity of the most prominent Islamic State (IS) fanboy on Twitter by the pseudonym of 'Shami Witness.' Originally using the name 'El Saltador' (Spanish for 'the jumper': a Western cultural reference that escapes my recall), he emerged on the Twitter scene around the beginning of 2013. At that time, he would often try to engage certain, more prominent Twitter users on issues related to the Islamic world, myself among them. For instance, one of his first tweets to me was to criticise a rather inane tweet I had written on a 'Bangladesh Spring' victory over Islamists.

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Anglo-Saxon Medicinal Recipes

December 7, 2014 at 11:28 pm

Introduction

It is difficult to describe my fondness for Anglo-Saxon, the language also known as Old English (and indeed, a more accurate designation, for the language itself was called by its speakers Englisc, with 'sc' pronounced as modern English spelling 'sh'). Spoken in the time prior to the Norman Conquest, the language reflects English's genetics in the Germanic family of Indo-European much more deeply than its modern descendant, both in terms of grammar and vocabulary. Many Old English words and forms that have since dropped out from the language can easily be matched with German cognates. To give a few cases-in-point:

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Iraq's Shi'a Militias and Iran

December 2014  •  The Tower

[NB Headline here differs from published headline]

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General Military Council for Iraq's Revolutionaries- 26 November Statement

November 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Statement 35
Oh dignified people of Iraq,
Oh heroic revolutionaries,
Salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu.

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