Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Islamic State Da'wa in Anbar: Sample Report of the Ramadi Belt

November 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm

The Islamic State's Diwan al-Da'wa wa al-Masajid (Da'wa and Mosques Department), as its name suggests, has been responsible for da'wa [proselytization/religious outreach] and control of the mosques in areas that came under the control of the organization. Many activities of the diwan have been recorded in propaganda releases of the Islamic State. The internal documents of this post constitute a report by the diwan's branch office in the Ramadi belt area (i.e. the periphery of Ramadi) in the month of Sha'aban 1436 AH (i.e. May-June 2015 CE), shortly following the Islamic State's capture of Ramadi city.

The structure of the Ramadi belt office is given as follows:

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Islamic State Advice on Attacks in 'Enemy Abode'

November 10, 2017 at 12:38 pm

As the Islamic State goes into rapid decline as an entity controlling territory in Iraq and Syria, the overwhelming majority of its propaganda output has become dedicated to coverage of military operations against its enemies. Alongside that shift has come increasing emphasis on the idea that the Islamic State will still live on its 'soldiers' conduct operations in the heart of enemy territory. The latest issue of the Islamic State's al-Naba' newsletter (issue 105) contains the following infographic on the matter. Of course, in seeking to conduct attacks in 'enemy' countries, many Islamic State supporters are undoubtedly seeking fame in what would otherwise have been an uneventful existence without supposed meaning to their lives. Yet the infographic warns against that sort of motivation.

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The Situation in the Mt. Hermon Area: Interview with the Hermon Regiment

November 7, 2017 at 10:38 pm

The vicinity of Jabal al-Sheikh (aka Mt. Hermon), which lies at the intersection of Lebanon, Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, contains the last pockets of rebel-held territory in the southwestern Damascus countryside, centred around the localities of Beit Jann and Mazra'at Beit Jann. To clarify the difference, the former locality is the original one, whereas the origins of Mazra'at Beit Jann only date back to around the mid-20th century. Both Beit Jann and Mazra'at Beit Jann are Sunni localities. The main families in Beit Jann are:

- al-Safadi
- Hamada
- al-Badawi

As for Mazra'at Beit Jann:

- Othman
- Qablan
- Hamuda
- Abu Assaf
- Zaytun

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Tariq Ramadan: The Insincere Hypocrite

November 3, 2017 at 2:34 pm

[Editor's preface, Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi]: In light of the recent scandal surrounding Tariq Ramadan's Zeus-like escapades, I have decided to publish an account from a very close friend regarding her experiences with this man. I have briefly alluded to this friend's experiences in some social media posts. I first met her in 2015 when she told me of this story, long before any rumours of his lecherous behaviour garnered real public attention. Whereas the accounts that have come out so far regarding Tariq Ramadan's excessive libido have originated in French-language media, this post is the first original testimony in English.

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Hashd Brigade Numbers Index

October 31, 2017 at 1:51 pm

The numerous militias operating in Iraq have broadly come under the moniker of the Hashd Sha'abi (Popular Mobilization) since 2014. The government body to which the militias should be affiliated is the Hashd Sha'abi Commission and in turn the prime minister's office. The head of this Hashd Sha'abi commission is national security adviser Falah al-Fayyad, while the deputy head is Abu Mahdi al-Mohandis, who is closely linked to Iran.

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