Top 50 Jihadi songs of 2016

In the year 2016, amongst Jihadi Nasheeds/songs’ producers, the Islamic State occupied the top spot again.

The list of producers of this type of ideological acappellas  could include:

1- militant groups with a media arm, like the Islamic State which has Ajn ad and other outlets to produce.  al-Qa’ida in Syria, which operates now under the name Ha’yat Tahir al-Sham, also produce.  They are no match for the Islamic State’s high def, higher quality nasheeds.

2- A solo Munshed (singer/producer) living outside any area of direct conflict could produce this type of material.  Here, it is important to note that the Islamic Nasheed category is a very popular genre in the Middle East.

Again, unabated, through its arm Mu’assassat #Ajnad lil Intaj al-I’lami, the Islamic State produce top hits that normally, beside being released separately, they appear in their constant video releases.

Many of these Jihadi anthems are made for the video releases.

One would expect that the Islamic State’ anthem production factory would suffer after the death of its top star Saudi producer/singer/Munshid Maher Mash’al in an air strike near al-Raqqa/Syria in 2015. Adding to that blow, another air strike killed in the same month in 2015 Abu Hajar al-Hadrami, another top tier Munshid, who had contributed a lot to Jihadi song/Nasheed production in the last 5 years.

The year 2016 had witnessed the rise of a superstar whose identity is still a mystery. He does Nasheeds for the Islamic State. He is responsible for many of its current top hits.  His voice is very distinguished, but he is never been identified.  Normally, the Islamic State does not advertise and tell who is the Munshid. When Mu’assadat Ajnad release a Nasheed they do not say who wrote the words, and/or, who is singing it also.

This anonymous Minshid is responsible for the first top three in the list…

Here are the top 50 Jihadi songs of 2016.

To be continued …

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What do al-Assad benefit from using #Sarin in #Syria these days?

With all the noise about the incident in #Khan_Shaykhun, no one had asked themselves the most important logical question:

1- What do Bashar al-assad benefit from using #Sarin these days?

2- Why would al-Assad attack Khan Shaykhun?

3- What is the strategic benefit from hitting Khan Shaykhun with #Sarin?

4- Where did al-Assad get the Sarin?  As far as the world knows he gave up his stockpile of Sarin in 2013/2014.

5- Why would al-Assad jeopardize a confrontation with Trump after getting good signals from Trump and his administration?

#Syria

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Syria News Update Nov. 2016

Today the Russians started a bombing campaign.  This happened a day after US president-elect Donald #Trump had spoken with Russia’s Vladimir #Putin.  Long range missiles were fired from ships to signal a new phase in the Syrian Conflict.

The Russians supported al-Assad and his allies in their latest important battles in Western Aleppo.  They absorbed a very large attack then pushed the attacker back.  They also gained some minor territories in this sequence.  Eastern Aleppo is getting heavily bombed from the air today.  In it the anti Assad groups vowed to fight till the end refusing to get out with their weapons.

North of Aleppo, al-Bab is the next battle between the Islamic State and its adversaries.  To al-Bab there is a race between the group that is being led by Turkey against the group let mostly by the Kurds, and which included some non-Kurds militias and gets the support of the Americans.  The Americans have now to major bases, that are known, in north and north east of Syria in areas under control of the Kurdish militias.

Near Aleppo, anti Assad groups clashed amongst each others in many different occasions.  First there was a big clash between Ahrar al-Sham versus Jund al-Aqsa, and now there was one up till yesterday between Ahrar al-Sham versus Jaysh al-Mujahidin.

The Islamic State were all talk.  They did not show up to the battle of Dabiq.

To the east, al-Raqa is being crept upon by few anti Islamic State groups.  East of that, the Islamic State still have a good hold on most of Deir al-Zur and al-Bukamal.  The Islamic State is also still active in the desert area East of Homs.

al-Nusra had changed its name few months ago to Fath al-Sham.  Its ways are still the same.

In the last month the most active foreign Jihadi groups are al-Huzb al-Islami al-Turkistani .  This group provided many suicide bombers and assault troops, known as Inghimasyin.  Jund al-Aqsa, and Jabhat Ansar al-Dain/Harakat Sham al-Islam are also active in the battles around.

On al-Assad’s side the biggest foreign groups fighting with him other than Hizbollah and the Russians are al-Nujaba’ from Iraq and Fatimiyun.

Near Damascus, battles are strong near Khan al-Shaykh.  al-Assad settled with his opponents in some areas where the armed groups left with their families to anti Assad held areas, like Idlib.

The areas between Hama and Idlib cooled off last month because of the big assault on Aleppo.  al-Assad made some gains, where his troops benefited from the clash that took place between Ahrar al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa.

 

 

 

 

 

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al-Nusra’s dreams for 2016

The Summer of 2016 is crucial for Jabhat al-Nusra’s dreams to establish something like that of the #Islamic State, formerly known as #ISIS.

Back in 2014, when Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his group declared the establishment of their state, everyone was wondering if al-Nusra was going to do the same or not.  Many said it was just a matter of time.

al-Julani, the leader of al-Nusra, was always cautious in stating the ambitions of his group.  Back in 2014, there were not too many groups that were close in size to al-Nusra, although many of them groups existed then.  al-Nusra was stronger and controlled lots of towns and villages, but, many other groups existed.

al-Nusra has its own courts, police, army, and the missionaries who are active in the land they control, or share control in.  They also have a very active media department that is constantly producing videos about all of their actions, military or not.

Although al-Nusra can claim military victories here and there in recent months, but, they were not fighting alone.  There are other large Jihadi groups that can take as much credit for those victories, like al-Hizb al-Islami al-Turkistani and Jund al-Aqsa; tow very large groups that fight alongside al-Nusra in many battlefields.

Some areas, under the control of Jabhat al-Nusra, are witnessing unrest where the local population are not welcoming al-Nusra like before, like in M’arat al-Ni’man and Jayrud, in al-Qalamun al-Sharqi.  The reason for this is the violent actions of Jabhat al-Nusra against the locals.  There are reports of people being detained by Jabhat al-Nusra and tortured.

In Jayrud, an Alawite pilot whose SU22 went down was killed by an erratic Jabhat al-Nusra fighter after that pilot was captured alive.  By doing this, this Nusra fighter prevented the people from Jayrud, which is out of the control of Bashar al-Assad, from swapping him with their detainees, and brought on them the wrath of al-Assad air force that pummeled them into oblivion causing the local population to go out into the street and force al-Nusra out of the city.  al-Nusra claimed to have arrested their fighter.

Jabhat al-Nusra is also the target of the Russian air force operating in Syria.

(to be continued later today)

 

 

 

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About the term “Muhajer” مهاجر

Quick notes about the word “Muhajer,” a word that is used to denote mainly to the person who leaves his place of birth seeking either a religious goal, or a personal, non-religious, aim.

1- The word #Muhajer comes from the very Hajara, ha-ja-ra، هاجر

2- Its importance in Islamic terms stems from the act of #Hijrah performed by Muhammad, the Prophet, when he left his home in Mecca and went to, then, Yathreb, later known as al-Madina al-Munawarah.  He established a successful state after that.  Here the action of Hijrah is important because it leads to the establishment to a state.  For example, many Jihadis today following this example stress the importance of Hijrah so they could achieve a “Khilafa following the example” of that made during the days of the Prophet.

3- Today, the word #Muhajer denotes to many differing characters. The one who has left his country looking for a chance to work is known as a Muhajer.  Also, the one who left his country to join a Muslim group fighting somewhere is called a Muhajer.  There is a huge difference between both, although the same word is used to denote to both.

4- Jihadi recruiters always invoke the word Hijrah to entice people to leave the comfort of their homes.  In this case the word Hijrah is close to the word #Nafeer, which mean to leave the comfort of your home and join the battle.

5- According to many Muslim theoreticians, if there is a Muslim State, every Muslim should  perform Hijrah, which mean in this case joining that Muslim State.  Those behind #ISIS always ask people to come to them: to perform Hijrah to the land of #Khilafa.

6- al-Muhajer is the nickname of many Jihadis, for example: Abu Hamza al-Muhajer.

7- When a Muslim takes the boat to Europe, the last thing in the world he wants is to have the word Muhajer stuck to his name.  He wants to get out of this stigma as fast as possible.

 

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Jund al-Aqsa

#Jund_al_Aqsa, also, #Jond_al_Aqsa, جند الأقصى، #جندـالأقصى  is a Jihadi group that operates in Syria, whose fame and influence had been growing recently.  Here are some points for discussion about this group:

1- al-Aqsa is a mosque in Jerusalem.  Jund al-Aqsa or Jond al-Aqsa claims to be fighting in Syria to be able to fight and liberate al-Aqsa Mosque.  One of the early names of the group is Saraya al-Quds.

2- The group is known to have come from the split between The Islamic State of al-Iraq wa-al-Sham (#ISIS) and Jabhat al-#Nusra.

3- Leadership:    Amongst the known leaders of Jund al-Aqsa are its founder Abu ‘Abd al-Aziz al-Qatari.  His name suggest that he is from Qatar, but, actually he is not.  He is a Palestinian, born in Baghdad in 1956 as Mohammad Yusuf Uthman.  He fought in many Jihadi fronts and ended up in Iraq in the 1990’s where he carried on a number of bombings against liquor stores.  He was caught and then imprisoned by Saddam Husayn, but was released in 2003 during the American invasion of Iraq.  He ended up fighting alongside Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi.  Some credit him with establishing with al-#Zarqawi Kata’eb al-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad, a group that predates that Islamic State of Iraq.  He was send with al-Julani to Syria where they established #Jabhat_al_Nusra.  But, when the Central Command in the Islamic State of al-Iraq wa-al-Sham wanted to control al-Nusra, al-Qatari took the high road and decided not to be a part of that fight.  He went to establish at that moment a group of those who did not want to be neutral.  al-Qatari was killed in Deir Sunbul January 2014, by a Syrian rebel group, #Jabhat_Thuwwar_Suria, led by Jamal Ma’ruf.  Abu Mus’ab al-Ansari is another known leader of the group.  He was also killed in action in  Saraqb/Syria.  Musa al-Ghanami, a Saudi who studies Islamic Groups in the Middle East, claimed in 2015 that Abu Dhurr al-Najdi al-Harithi, a Saudi militant who had spent time in Saudi Jails, is now the religious leader (Shari’ ‘Amm) for Jund al-Aqsa.  Another leader was Abu Ibrahim al-Jazairi, a French Algerian veteran of Jihad who fought in Afghanistan, then Iraq.  He was arrested in Syria in 2004 then given to France.  In 2012 he was able to escape his house arrest and join the fight in Syria.  He was said to be the leader of Jund al-Aqsa in the Syrian Coast.  He was killed there when the car he was in hit with a rocket coming from the sky.

4- They are active north of Hama, Idleb, South of Alleppo and a little in the Coastal Mountains.

5- Jund al-Aqsa is composed of mostly international Jihadis.  The percentage of Syrians amongst them is still unknown, but not more than %20-30, according to many.

6- They are one of the founding groups of #Jaysh_al-Fath, from which they withdrew late 2015 because they are not committed to fighting the “enemies of Islam.”

7- They have missionary work in the areas they are in.  They also run social services and act exactly like the Islamic State, for example, they have a Hisbah amongst them watching the daily lives of the people in the areas they are in.

8- Some say that many people joined the group because Jund al-Aqsa is viewed as one that has no connection to dirty states.  Other Jihadi groups like Ahrar al-Sham for example lost some of its fighters to Jund al-Aqsa when its actions on the ground were influenced by countries like Qatar, which is considered a bad player to be associated with.

9- In 2016 they are said to have closed a radio station operating since 2013 against Bashar al-Assad because this station airs music and employs women.

10- In February 2016 a number of the religious cadre of the group defected and joined Jabhat al-Nusra.

11- They join in attacks with the Islamic State, like the one they did in Feb 2016.  They also coordinate attacks with the Jihadis of Imarat al-Qawkaz.  Recently, they participated in an attack with al-Hizb al-Islami al-Turkistani against Khurbat al-Naqus south of Alleppo.  In March they waged an attack along al-Nusra against al-Assad’s positions.

12- In March 2016 Jund al-Aqsa soldiers went to the streets of Idlib looking for women with make up, nice hair and tight jeans…

13- Jund al-Aqsa is known to have carried stoning to death of two women accused of adultery.

14- Mork, north of Hama is under their control.  They did not let civilians come back till they confirm with the religious ruling they want to be the norm.

 

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Top 5 Jihadi groups fighting in Syria 2016

Here is a list of the top 5 Sunni #Jihadi groups fighting in #Syria in the Summer of 2016.

1- The #IslamicـState (IS): leader: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Today the property of the Islamic State is decreasing in Syria compared to 2014, the year the Islamic State was “announced.”  This coming Summer of 2016 will see loses for the Islamic State in Syria.  They are losing north of Allepo and in many other battles.  They are not expanding, or making videos with hundreds of people getting executed.  The tide is changing, but still the Islamic State control lots of the Syria land in the East.  Their main property now are along the Euphrates river from al-Raqqa to al-Bukamal.  This summer will see the battles for the area under the control of the Islamic State north of Alleppo intensifies.  May be we are going to see the #Battle_of_Dabiq this summer.

2- #Jabhat_al_Nusra : Leader: Abu Muhammad al-#Julani.  Some theories say he is Usama al-‘Absi born 1981 in al-Shhayl in Deir al-Zur.  Went through al-Assad prison system as well Jihadi action in Iraq.  First he was sent to join the fight in Syria, but soon, this new group rose to fame causing the central command in ISIS to try and control this runaway franchise.  al-Nusra leaders claim to be al-Qaeda franchise in Syria, which gave them room to refuse going under the umbrella of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.  Today, al-Nusra controls areas in Idleb, Halab, Hama, Latakia’s mountains, Homs, Qalamun, Ghuta, Julan, and all of the South.

3- #Jund_al_Aqsa: This group was born from the split between al-Nusra VS. then, the Islamic State of Iraq wa-al-Sham, ISIS in 2013.  But, since this group showed its inclination to al-Qaeda Central Command, they aligned themselves with Jabhat al-Nusra.  But, this does not mean that many say that this group is aligned still with the Islamic State.  The first  known leader was Abu ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Qatari.  Most of the members of this group are non-Syrians.  They fight these days within Jaysh al-Fath.  They are active in the country side of Idleb, and in the northern country side of Hama and in the battles in the Southern countryside of Alleppo.  Estimates put this group between 1200-2000 fighters.  The sponsors are said to be from the Gulf States ( A Kuwaiti, as the open sources online puts it). There are rumors that Abu Dharr al-Najdi al-Harithi, a Saudi is their leader and Shari’i .

4- al#Hizb_al_Islami_al_Turkistani: Thousands of Turks came from parts of China and settled in Syria.  This group had been very active in the battle in the Latakia mountains, Idlib, Hama and South of Allepo.  The number of the fighters are in the thousands.  They fight with Jaysh al-Fath.

5- #Jaysh al-Muhajirin wa-al-Ansar:  This is an umbrella for a number of groups that fight together.  It includes fighters from outside of Syria, like #Ansar_al_Din and #Harakat_Sham_al_Islam.  Most of these groups were active in the Latakia mountains, and some are still there even though the territory under their control is shrinking.  They are also very in Idleb, and of course within Jaysh al-Fath.  Some of these groups join bigger ones, like #Jaysh_Muhammad which recently swore allegiance to al-#Nusra.

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