Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Jama'at Ansar al-Islam Fundraising Campaign

May 25, 2020 at 1:04 pm

To recall, Jama'at Ansar al-Islam ('Supporters of Islam Group') is a jihadist group that originated in Iraq and expanded into Syria with the outbreak and development of the civil war there. Its influence in Iraq was much reduced by the rise of the Islamic State, though it did officially claim a minor operation in Iraq at the end of October 2019.

In Syria, the group operates within the 'And Rouse the Believers' operations room alongside the al-Qa'ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din and the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat Ansar al-Din. Sources connected with Jama'at Ansar al-Islam have emphasized that the group is independent and lacking in support and resources. As one source put it to me:

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The Military Escalation in Deraa: Interview

May 23, 2020 at 12:47 am

A previous interview on this site covered the recent events of military mobilization of Syrian government forces in western Deraa countryside from the perspective of a commander in one of the local auxiliary contingents, which have many former rebels in their ranks and oppose the mobilization of the regular government forces. In this interview, I present the perspective of a source from the Syrian army's Fourth Division. It is slightly edited and condensed for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

Q: What are the reinforcements that have arrived to the area [west Deraa countryside]? Has any assault operation been carried out till now?

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Hizb Tha'ir Allah al-Islami in Basra: Interview

May 21, 2020 at 11:31 pm

Among the first acts of Iraq's new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been the order for Iraq's security forces to seize the Basra base of Hizb Tha'ir Allah al-Islami (Islamic Revenge of God Party), a party that has been accused of killing demonstrators in Basra. The move is a clear attempt by the prime minister to portray himself as an upholder of the rule of the law, but it should be emphasized here that the party itself is a minor faction in the grand scheme of things. The move is certainly not part of a supposed wider crackdown on the Hashd or groups with ties to Iran.

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Tensions in West Deraa Countryside: Interview

May 21, 2020 at 9:23 pm

The southern Syrian province of Deraa remains unstable as security incidents continue to occur on a virtually daily basis. One major concern is the risk of a military escalation as the government may try to carry out a wider assault campaign in a bid to force handover of weapons and deport any further elements deemed to be 'irreconcilable' to insurgent-held areas of Idlib.

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The Archivist: A Tribute to Jihadology- The Islamic State Police in Wilayat Halab

May 21, 2020  •  Jihadology

There are few specialists in the realm of jihadism studies who can claim to have not relied on Jihadology at some point in the course of their research. Over ten years, the website has grown to be the Internet's most important repository for primary jihadist source material. At a time when social media sites are cracking down more vigorously than ever on dissemination of jihadist videos and writings, Jihadology proves the vital resource for those of us who simply lack the time to trawl through and save all of those materials on our computers.

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