The Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham’s dhimmi pact for the Christians of Raqqa province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Traditionally, a ‘dhimmi’ in Islam is a Jew or Christian who agrees to live under the authority of an Islamic state, agreeing to pay a ‘jizya’ (poll tax) and enduring a number of discriminatory conditions in return for ‘protection’ from the state. The Qur’anic basis for this arrangement is 9:29. In […]

Starvation: a Twisted Example of the Assad Regime’s Terrorism

  by Matthew Barber A fabulous documentary about the situation of children in Syria is being shown on Canadian and British television. The documentary, “Children on the Frontline,”  will be available for viewing for a limited time online, but unfortunately only for viewers in Canada or the UK. The documentary contains enlightening footage of life inside […]

New ISIS Leaks Reveal Particulars of al-Qaida Strategy

by Matthew Barber A new Twitter account that appeared last month is making waves within the jihadi community and rebel groups of Syria. It has not yet been noticed by the international media, but if the author’s claims are legitimate, it may significantly help to shape our understanding of ISIS. The author of the @wikibaghdady […]

Zahran Alloush: His Ideology and Beliefs

The Islamic Front’s Military Commander: Who is he? Zahran Alloush’s rhetoric and propaganda videos provide much insight into his world view, attitude toward Syria’s religious minorities, and vision for Syria’s future. The difference between his ideology and that of al-Qaida groups is not profound. Rather, it is one of shades of grey.

“Al-Qaeda’s Governance Strategy in Raqqa,” by Chris Looney

ISIS has employed a governance strategy in Raqqa that is focused on solidifying its rule through intimidation, creating an economy of dependence. Although ISIS may be focused on consolidating its rule locally and expanding its sway within Syria and Iraq for the time being, attacking the West remains a long term strategic objective.