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The Desert Falcons: An Elite Pro-Assad Force

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi In the ongoing rebel offensive on Latakia, a new force on the regime side has come to light: namely, the Suqur al-Sahara’ (‘Desert Falcons’). Desert Falcons insignia (left), and an anonymous member of the brigade (right). The Arabic outlet El-Nashra explains: ‘Among these forces [that have emerged in the Syrian civil war] are […]

The Latakia Front: An Interview on the Rebel Side

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi. The interview I have translated below comes from Izz ad-Din al-Qassam, a division of the Moroccan muhajireen group Harakat Sham al-Islam, which has played an important role in the ongoing rebel offensive on Latakia and whose founder and leader- Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir/Maghrebi [aka Ibrahim bin Shakaran, the ex-Gitmo detainee and 1990s […]

The Assad Regime and Jihadis: Collaborators and Allies?

Almost every day on my Twitter feed, I come across allegations that the jihadis operating in Syria- in particular, the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) or “al-Qa’ida” more generally (by which Jabhat al-Nusra is meant as well)- are somehow in secret collaboration with the Assad regime, if not agents and creations of the […]

EXCLUSIVE: Moroccan ex-Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Mizouz Identified In Syria

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi So far I have identified two ex-Guantánamo detainees of Moroccan origin fighting in Syria under the banner of Harakat Sham al-Islam: namely, Abu Hamza al-Maghrebi (Mohammed al-‘Alami) and Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir (Ibrahim bin Shakaran). The latter is the leader of Harakat Sham al-Islam: a Moroccan-led mujahideen group operating primarily in Latakia and […]

Syria’s Top Five Insurgent Leaders

Who are Syria’s BIG FIVE Insurgent leaders? by Joshua Landis (with help from the SC experts) October 1, 2013 If we confine our choices to leaders with broad appeal in the Arab and Islamist mainstream — excluding both al-Qaida and Kurdish leaders — we get the following five, listed in order. 1. Hassan Abboud, the […]