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“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 […]

Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part Two)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Back in December I profiled a variety of battalions of Sunni foreign fighters (part one). Here are some more to add to the list: Katiba al-Bittar al-Libi Logo of Katiba al-Bittar al-Libi This group, which has existed at least since the summer of last year, is the Libyan division of the […]

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 […]