Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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al-Qa'ida Statement on Events in Israel-Palestine

Unsurprisingly, the recent escalation of conflict in Israel and the Palestinian territories has attracted global attention, and it is no wonder that al-Qa'ida feels compelled to comment on the matter. The group's general command has issued a lengthy statement that can be summarised as follows:

(i) The events come as the mujahideen have been making advances elsewhere in the Muslim world against the 'Crusaders' and their allies, most notably in Afghanistan with the impending American withdrawal.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, May 17, 2021 8:18 PM  |  Permalink

Old V Corps Recruitment Contract and Forms

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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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, May 14, 2021 7:25 PM  |  Permalink

New Ansar al-Tawheed Recruitment Campaign

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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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, May 14, 2021 11:06 AM  |  Permalink

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

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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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Wed, May 12, 2021 6:51 PM  |  Permalink

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

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.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Wed, May 12, 2021 10:58 AM  |  Permalink

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

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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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, May 11, 2021 7:51 PM  |  Permalink

The Evolution of the Judicial System in Azaz: Interview

How has the judiciary evolved over time in the insurgent-held areas of Syria? The town of Azaz in the north Aleppo countryside, currently part of the Turkish-backed 'Euphrates Shield' zone, is a useful case to examine for the insurgent-held areas that are not dominated by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and the Salvation Government, which primarily exercise authority in parts of Idlib and its environs in west Aleppo countryside.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, May 10, 2021 8:20 PM  |  Permalink

A Syrian Veteran of the Conflict in Libya: Interview

The deployment of Syrian rebel fighters to Libya as mercenaries by the Turks in support of the Tripoli-based government in the country during the civil war is well known. However, Syrian fighters from areas held by the Syrian government have also deployed to Libya in support of forces led by Khalifa Haftar that acted as the armed forces of a rival government based out of Tobruk. These Syrian fighters have been deployed by the Russians.

At present, Libya is officially supposed to be under the authority of a unity government formed between the two rival governments, but the de facto division of control of territory between forces that had backed the Tripoli-based government in the west and forces led by Khalifa Haftar in the east remains. That said, the fighting has also died down with the frontlines largely frozen, and so there is less need for foreign fighters now. There are also ongoing calls for the withdrawal of all foreign fighters from Libya. Over in Syria, meanwhile, many questions are still asked about the possibility of going to Libya for assignments and work, primarily in the hope of obtaining good salaries amid the deterioration in the economic situation that has been most acutely felt in Syrian government-held areas.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sun, May 9, 2021 10:34 PM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع احد القدامى السوريين الذين قاتلوا في ليبيا

ان نشر مرتزقة سوريين من قبل تركيا في أراضي ليبيا نصرةً للحكومة المقيمة في طرابلس خلال الحرب هناك صار معروفاً. ولكن هناك مقاتلين سوريين من مناطق الحكومة السورية أيضاً تم إنتشارهم في ليبيا وذلك نصرةً لقوات خليفة حفتر التي عملت كالقوات المسلحة للحكومة المقيمة في مدينة طبرق بشرق ليبيا. وقامت روسيا بإرسال هؤلاء المقاتلين إلى ليبيا.

وحالياً يفترض ان تكون ليبيا تحت سلطة حكومة موحدة متشكلة بين الحكومتين المتصارعتين, الا ان تقسيم الأراضي بين القوات التي دعمت حكومة طرابلس في الغرب والقوات بقيادة حفتر في الشرق ما زال يستمر في الحقيقة. ولكن القتال هدأ مع تجميد الجبهات تقريباً, فإنخفضت الحاجة للمقاتلين الأجانب. وهناك دعوات مستمرة إلى إنسحاب جميع المقاتلين الأجانب من ليبيا. اما في سوريا, فلا يزال الكثير من الشباب يسألون عن إمكانية الذهاب إلى ليبيا من أجل الحصول على رواتب جيدة في ظل تدهور الوضع الإقتصادي في سوريا والذي عانت منه بأكبر شدة المناطق تحت سيطرة الحكومة السورية.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Sun, May 9, 2021 8:55 PM  |  Permalink

The Life of Abu Muhammad al-Furqan: Head of the Media Department of the Islamic State (Part One)

The Islamic State's weekly al-Naba' newsletter normally has a lead editorial. This week's issue, however, features a special extended biography of the group's former media department head 'Abu Muhammad al-Furqan' (real name: Wa'il al-Ta'i), who was a paediatrician by background and a veteran of the Islamic State and its predecessors from the days of Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, having joined Zarqawi's al-Qa'ida in Iraq organisation after defecting from the Ansar al-Sunna group in whose establishment he had participated. Note that al-Furqan's death was announced by the Islamic State in October 2016.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, May 6, 2021 9:57 PM  |  Permalink

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