Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Liwa Al-Jabal: A New Loyalist Militia Unity Initiative In Suwayda'

January 19, 2017  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Liwa al-Jabal.

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Quwat Dir' Al-Qalamoun: Shifting Militia Links

January 17, 2017  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Quwat Dir' al-Qalamoun. The emblem includes a Qur'an quotation: "If God supports you, no one can overcome you" [3:160].

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"Kindle the fire with the sword"- New nasheed from Ajnad Media

January 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Ajnad Media is the Islamic State's media wing that produces Arabic-language nasheeds and recitations of sections of the Qur'an. The outlet released a new nasheed yesterday. The content of the nasheed is very generic in nature and echoes many prior themes in Islamic State nasheeds. I have provided a preliminary translation of the nasheed below, and have given some explanation of phrases that might seem obscure or odd at first sight.

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The Jerusalem Attack & Claims of Responsibility

January 9, 2017

The attack in Jerusalem yesterday that killed four young Israeli soldiers has been claimed in a circulated statement by a Palestinian group calling itself the "Baha' Alyan Groups." Its statement of responsibility can be read below, with brief explanatory notes in square brackets:

"The Martyr Baha' Alyan Groups

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful:

'Fight them: God will torment them at your hands and ruin them, giving you victory over them and healing the hearts of believing people' [Qur'an 9:14].

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Syrian Rebel Mergers: A Harakat Nour Al-Din Al-Zinki Perspective

January 7, 2017 at 3:24 am

With the regime's recapture of Aleppo city in its entirety, the wider insurgency finds itself in a moment of crisis. The rebellion's main centre is now the rural northwest province of Idlib, as the regime also looks set to clear up remaining pockets in the wider Damascus area, thereby firmly cementing its control over the two most important conurbations in the country.

It is not unreasonable to put down many of the failings of the rebellion to a lack of unity among the various factions on the ground. Though many of the factions are capable of issuing joint political statements, such actions do not translate to actual unity inside the territories they control.

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