Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Old V Corps Recruitment Contract and Forms

May 14, 2021 at 7:25 pm

The V Corps (also called the Fifth Legion) is a formation that was set up in late 2016 as a Russian-backed volunteer 'assault' force in a broader effort to bolster the Syrian government's military forces. As it happens, I was recently able to get hold of a copy of an old version of a recruitment contract for the V Corps and some forms to fill in for recruitment. These documents date to the very early days of the formation when it was led by the Syrian army major general Abdo Ibrahim Eisa, who was succeeded by major general Zaid Saleh in early 2018. I obtained copies of these documents from a Syrian online chat group discussing the possibility of recruitment contracts with the Russians. I post them here with translation for historical interest: the main point of interest being the V Corps' connection to the General Command for the Army and Armed Forces (rather than being a truly separate Russian-commanded formation). Note that I do not believe the documents here constitute all the those that had to be completed for recruitment in the V Corps.

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New Ansar al-Tawheed Recruitment Campaign

May 14, 2021 at 11:06 am

The independent jihadist group Ansar al-Tawheed based in northwest Syria has launched a recruitment campaign for its new military formation called 'Jaysh al-Ansar' ('Army of the Supporters'). The recruitment campaign features contact details via Telegram and WhatsApp. I translate the recruitment advertisement below (any parenthetical insertions in square brackets my own). Note that on expressing a desire for recruitment via contact, the army asks for your name, origin, whether you are a veteran mujahid, whether you were with a faction or if you are a new person mobilising. Then a date should be set for interview and contact, and it should also be noted whether you have someone from Ansar al-Tawheed to vouch for you (tazkiya).

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'The Truth of the Conflict'- New Speech by Sami al-Oraidi of Hurras al-Din

May 12, 2021 at 6:51 pm

Dr. Sami al-Oraidi, a Jordanian leader in Syria's al-Qa'ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din, has given a new speech to mark the occasion of Eid al-Fitr this year. This speech was released by Hurras al-Din's media outlet Sham al-Ribat media. I thought this speech was worth translating in full because it illustrates succinctly the basic jihadist worldview of a hostile dichotomy between the in-group (the Muslims) and out-group (the disbelievers). I thank Haroro Ingram, Alastair Reed and JM Berger for first introducing me to this way of thinking about the discourse.

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Jaysh al-Ummah Statements and Materials on Jerusalem and al-Aqsa Mosque

May 12, 2021 at 10:58 am

The Gaza-based jihadist group Jaysh al-Ummah, which supports al-Qa'ida and was interviewed by me in early 2019, has claimed rocket attacks on Israel amid the escalation that has followed Palestinian protests against Israeli settler expansionism in Jerusalem and the Israeli assault on the al-Aqsa Mosque. In this post I will compile and translate various materials put out by Jaysh al-Ummah during this new round of conflict. Note any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

Specimen A: Statement claiming rocket attacks on Israeli locations

Jaysh al-Ummah in Bayt al-Maqdis

Monday: 28 Ramadan 1442 AH
Corresponding to 10 May 2021 CE

Statement number: 32

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Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Statement on al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem and Palestine

May 11, 2021 at 7:51 pm

The recent Palestinian protests against Israeli settler expansionism in Jerusalem and an Israeli raid on the al-Aqsa Mosque have attracted global attention, including from Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and the group's prominent online supporters like 'al-Shimali al-Hur,' who has previously issued calls for the liberation of Palestine from the Jews. Below is a translation of a new statement from Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham on the recent events in al-Aqsa, Jerusalem and wider Palestine. As usual, any parenthetical insertions in square brackets in the translation are my own. The statement illustrates the group's thinking of the Palestinian cause in terms of the Muslims of the greater Levant (al-Sham) and the global Muslim community (the Ummah), contrary to the notion that Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham is some kind of nationalist group.

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