Research on the Islamic State, Syria, and Iraq
by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
January 1–January 31, 2016
Jawad al-Tamimi translates a eulogy for Abu Nabil al-Anbari, the leader of IS in Libya.
Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, a research fellow at the Middle East Forum's Jihad Intel project, writes extensively about the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and other armed groups in Syria and Iraq.
As his writings and translations tend to be too detailed for a general readership, we periodically compile links and summaries for those wishing to learn about the groundbreaking work of this prolific researcher.
For all writings by Jawad al-Tamimi, click here.
The Syrian National Resistance: Liwa Khaybar (Jan. 3)
Profile of a relatively obscure pro-regime militia, Al-Muqawama al-Wataniya al-Souriya: Liwa Khaybar (The Syrian National Resistance: Khaybar Brigade), drawing on the author's interview with its leader, known as Abu Ja'afar (aka The Scorpion). Drawing its mostly Shia members largely from Homs and its environs, Liwa Khaybar says it operates on fronts throughout northern Syria. However, it has claimed only 32 "martyrs" thus far, suggesting it is "a minor player in the Syrian conflict."
The Islamic State, Turkey & Transportation (Jan. 11)
A discussion of IS transportation and migration across the Syria-Turkey border, drawing on IS documents captured by Kurdish YPG forces after expelling IS from the town of Tel Abyad in northern Raqqa province in June. The documents illustrated "what can be most charitably described as negligence towards the problem of IS and border movement in the period from 2013 until early 2015." But following the fall of Tel Abyad and IS-linked terror attacks on Turkish soil, it is "undeniable that Turkey has made an effort to tighten border security" in areas where IS operates, notes Jawad al-Tamimi, though it is even tighter for border areas controlled by Kurds.
Archive of Islamic State Administrative Documents II (Jan. 11)
A second archive of original translated IS documents, to supplement the first archive, which now contains 300 entries. Owing to technical issues, no further specimens can be added to that archive.
Eulogy to Abu Nabil al-Anbari: Islamic State leader in Libya (Jan. 7)
Translation of a eulogy for Abu Nabil al-Anbari, an IS leader in Libya killed in a U.S. drone strike in November 2015. An Iraqi national involved in jihadist activities there since 2004, Anbari was dispatched to Libya in September 2014 to lead the nascent IS branch in the country. Excerpt: "The bloodshed that he caused the Rafidites [Shi'a], apostates, and Crusaders in Iraq did not suffice for him. He mounted the excellence of death that took him to the enemies of his Lord in Libya."
An Account of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi & Islamic State Succession Lines (Jan. 24)
Translation of a detailed history of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi published in a long series of tweets by Abu al-Waleed al-Salafi (whose history of Jamaat Ansar al-Islam the author previously translated). Includes details on a variety of others who have occupied leadership positions in IS and its predecessors.
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a research fellow at the Middle East Forum's Jihad Intel project.
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