Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Islamic State Operations in Mozambique Infographic: Overview and Analysis

June 30, 2022

Whereas the Islamic State used to classify its operations in Mozambique under its "Central Africa province" (Central Africa Wilaya) it now places them separately under the "Mozambique province" (Mozambique Wilaya) moniker. Below is an infographic that was released in last week's edition of the group's al-Naba' newsletter, providing an overview of the group's operations in Mozambique over a recent period of 17 days. The attacks are concentrated in the country's northern provinces of Cabo Delgado and Nampula.

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Interview with Abu Kamil Saleh Hasan of Jabal al-Summaq: An Open Message to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham

June 22, 2022

[Update 23 June 2022: this interview has unfortunately had to be redacted on the subject of 'muhajireen'- or 'foreigners'- in Jabal al-Summaq. Regrettably, a sincere call of advice and expression of reasonable opinion appeared to be too much for some].


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Perspectives on Northwest Syria: Interview with a Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Fighter

June 19, 2022 at 6:10 pm

In the following interview, a fighter with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (who is speaking in his own capacity and is not doing so on behalf of the organisation) gives an outline of his life since the unrest began in Syria in 2011 and his overview of the current situation in northwest Syria in particular. He is originally from the Latakia countryside and became a displaced person in the Idlib region several years ago. This interview was conducted on 16 June 2022. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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"Africa is a Land of Hijra and Jihad": Editorial in Islamic State's al-Naba' Newsletter

June 17, 2022 at 9:13 am

This week's editorial in the Islamic State's al-Naba' newsletter follows on from a lengthy video released by the group's West Africa 'wilaya' ('province') that not only featured military operations but also aspects of the affiliate's governance project in certain areas. As is well-known, when the Islamic State achieved territorial control in parts of Iraq and Syria, it established an administrative system based on a series of diwans (departments). The West Africa affiliate has replicated this model to some extent through the activities of the Diwan al-Da'wa wa al-Masajid (concerned with religious outreach and mosques), a Diwan al-Hisba (enforcing Islamic morality and ethics publicly), a Diwan al-Zakat (to collect zakat taxation) and a Diwan al-Qada (judiciary department, embodied in Islamic courts). These aspects, which have already been documented for some time, were on display in the recent West Africa province video.

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The Forged Chronicle of Bishop Maximus of Zaragoza: Translation and Overview

June 14, 2022  •  Substack

For the historian of antiquity and late antiquity, the discovery of any new written source or rediscovery of a written source previously thought to have been lost is usually a very exciting development. After all, the written records from those times are rather sparse in comparison with the wealth of information for the person wishing to document more recent events. Any apparent discovery, however, must undergo examination to ensure its authenticity.

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