Nigerian Questions by Sheikh Abu Malek al-Tamimi
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
Those who read the self-history of Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and its critique of Abu Bakr Shekau will note that the text mentions more than once a certain Abu Malek al-Tamimi. He is referred to as "our sheikh" by the authors and is cited... ...

The Bedouin Tribes of Suwayda': Interview
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
Though the southern Syrian province of Suwayda' is primarily Druze, there is a notable Bedouin tribal minority in the province. I recently interviewed Sheikh Mamdouh al-Sa'id, a Bedouin sheikh of the al-Shanabila tribe. He is supportive of the Syrian... ...

Abu Bakr Shekau in His Own Words: Translation and Analysis
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
The previous primary texts I have examined in relation to the Nigerian jihad scene were written by critics of Abu Bakr Shekau (though both texts present some quotations from Shekau's written and spoken pronouncements). In the interest of fairness, it is... ...

Basra Heat: Unrest in the city reflects underlying instability in Iraq
By  Jonathan Spyer 
Jerusalem Post, 14/9 Over the past week, violent protests have swept the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Twelve people have been killed in the protests and hundreds injured. The protests focused on the dire living conditions in the city, which is located in a province that is home to 70% of Iraq’s oil reserves. Corruption and chronic mismanagement have produced a daily reality of electricity shortages, lack of drinking water, and high unemployment. There are fears of a cholera outbreak resulting ...

AQIM Advice to 'Boko Haram' Dissidents: Full Translation and Analysis
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
Translator's Introduction This lengthy text was published by al-Andalus Media, the media wing of al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The text consists of two principal parts: an introduction written in April 2017 CE and then the text of the advice... ...

'Jihadist'- Misapplying the Label
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
The Netherlands has seen a large controversy arise over 'non-lethal' support that was given to a faction called the Shami Front (al-Jabhat al-Shamiya), which is based in the 'Euphrates Shield' zone of north Aleppo countryside. As it stands, the... ...

Syrian War: Uneasy Calm in US-protected Kurdish Enclave
By  Jonathan Spyer 
The Australian, 8/9 The Syrian-Turkish border area in the early morning hours is calm and almost serene. Driving from the town of Kobane to the border crossing at Semalka one may get the impression that there is not much of a war remaining at all in the country. Every few kilometres, to be sure, one runs into a checkpoint of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces or the Asayish security police. But their close presence on the ground, for anyone who knows Syria, is reassuring rather than ...

Fursan al-Din: Interview
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
Today the main epicentre of the remaining insurgency against the Syrian government is the province of Idlib and its environs. Within that milieu are multiple minor jihadi groups that have foreign fighters (muhajireen) in their ranks. Fursan al-Din... ...

Exile from Kafariya: Interview
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
The two Shi'i villages of Kafariya and al-Fu'a in Idlib province came to wider media attention on account of international negotiations over the status of their inhabitants, who came under rebel siege following the rebel takeover of almost all of Idlib... ...

The Suwayda' National Defence Forces: Interview
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
Much attention is focusing right now on the prospect of a Syrian government offensive to reclaim greater Idlib province and its environs. However, operations are ongoing against the Islamic State in the Suwayda' desert in the south of the country. Among... ...

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