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Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part IV)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi I have previously documented part/predominantly foreign fighter battalions in Syria here, here and here. Below are a couple more groups as part of this series. Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham Logo of Jaysh Muhammad in Bilad al-Sham, with motto reading: “We are victorious or we die.” The group’s other main slogan […]

The Factions of Raqqa Province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Much has been noted of the presence of the Islamic State in Raqqa province, where the group controls all major urban localities (Raqqa city, Tabqa, Ma’adan, and Tel Abyad), as well as the Kurdish militias just west of Tel Abyad, from which town they were expelled back in August 2013 on […]

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen

“Can the Islamic State Survive? What Can the US Do?” by Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen – @matthias1981 July 22, 2014 Islamic state: a lion and a fox? The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. It was born as a result of […]

Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part 3)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi I have previously documented muhajireen battalions here and here. Below are two more groupings. Saraya ash-Sham Logo of Saraya ash-Sham, whose main emblem resembles the flag of Iraqi insurgent group Jamaat Ansar al-Islam (pro-Caliphate and with deployment in Syria). The motto reads: “We shed tears and spill blood.” Translating to “brigades/squadrons […]

Abdullah ibn Zubayr Battalions of Deir az-Zor Reject Fighting ISIS

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Since the outbreak of the wider infighting between the Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) and other rebel groups, some factions have emerged with a definitive anti-fitna stance, insisting on neutrality. The latest case is the Abdullah ibn Zubayr Battalions of Deir az-Zor province, which is instead directing efforts to […]