Archive for the 'Jabhat al-Nusra' Category

Syrian Rebels Capture Idlib, by Aron Lund

– Guest post for Syria Comment by Aron Lund, editor of Syria in Crisis On March 28, Syrian rebels and jihadi fighters announced that they had captured the city of Idlib, posting pictures and videos online that showed them in control of government buildings and other landmarks. This followed a lightning offensive of several days, […]

Review of “ISIS: The State of Terror”

ISIS: The State of Terror (available here)  By JM Berger & Jessica Stern 385 pp. (hardcover), HarperCollins $27.99 Reviewed by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi The ISIS phenomenon that has swept Iraq and Syria with global repercussions has produced a demand for information on the origins, rise, operations and future of arguably the most brutal jihadist movement yet. […]

The Administration of the Local Council in Azaz

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Readers of my report on my visit to the north Aleppo town of Azaz near the border with Turkey will recall that authority in Azaz is divided between two bodies: the local council and the Shari’a committee. Broadly speaking, the local council covers the realm of public services, while the Shari’a […]

The Killing of Muhammad al-Assad, a.k.a. “Shaykh al-Jabal”

The Killing of Muhammad al-Assad, a.k.a. “Shaykh al-Jabal” By: Mohammad D. For Syria Comment, March 14, 2015 Muhammad Tawfiq al-Assad, a.k.a Shaykh al-Jabal, a well known second cousin of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was killed two days ago. He was the son of Tawfic al-Assad. His grandfather, Ismail al-Assad, was a half-brother of the […]

Video presents views of al-Qaida’s European jihadists in Syria

A few days ago, al-Jazeera English aired a documentary called “People & Power – Western Jihadis in Syria.” The film, which includes an interview with Dr. Landis, presents discussions with articulate, English-speaking jihadists in Syria’s al-Qaida organization, Jabhat al-Nusra. As members of al-Qaida, such jihadists maintain a position involving: 1) opposition to the self-declared Islamic […]