Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The town claimed to be an ISIS principality. The claim seemed ridiculous but as we drove in to the town it seemed less so. They had fixed the prices, the markets were bustling, even the gold shops were… Read more“Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”

What happened to ‘Man like Fatlum?’: The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi

Tourists and bohemians love rummaging through the stalls on Portobello Road with its shimmering trinkets and shaggy clothes fit for an art student. To the locals it’s a “joke ting” , a skank to bring tourists from all over the world to sample the latest authentic “efnik” fad. Down the road on… Read more“What happened to ‘Man like Fatlum?’: The inside Story of the British Suicide Bomber of Ramadi”

The Arabs at War in Afghanistan: From the Cradle of the Jalalabad School of Jihad to Syria and Iraq

By Tam Hussein @tamhussein The Arabs at War in Afghanistan questions the foundational myths of the Afghan Jihad which touched a generation of Muslim men growing up in the 90s. It is told by one of the earliest Afghan Arabs, Mustafa Hamid who joined the warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani against the… Read more“The Arabs at War in Afghanistan: From the Cradle of the Jalalabad School of Jihad to Syria and Iraq”

The Human Nature of Jihadism- an interview with al-Maqālāt

Here begins a series of interviews and dialogues with al-Maqālāt who describes himself as “an independent media outlet”.  He tweets under @Al_Maqal_Ps. The reader will find that the interviewees attitudes and views are useful because he encapsulates a certain outlook which serves as a useful barometer for how some Salafi-Jihadists… Read more“The Human Nature of Jihadism- an interview with al-Maqālāt”

Aleppo under Siege: Interview with Suqour al-Sham- an Islamist Rebel Perspective

Western media rarely gets an insight into how Islamist battalions work and think especially within the rebel operation room, Jaysh al-Fath, the Army of Conquest. This is a coalition of seven Islamist rebel groups including Jabhat al-Fateh al-Sham (JFS), Ahrar al-Sham and Suqour al-Sham. They remain the most effective and… Read more“Aleppo under Siege: Interview with Suqour al-Sham- an Islamist Rebel Perspective”

The Virtues of Sham: The Place of Syria in Muslim Sacral Imagination

The nature of the Syrian conflict, now in its fifth year, has become overtly sectarian and ideological. Undoubtedly the foreign fighters who continue to trickle in are coloured by this. There is also enough evidence to suggest that the presence of informal recruiters, usually through friendship networks, play an influential role… Read more“The Virtues of Sham: The Place of Syria in Muslim Sacral Imagination”

Islamic State Attacks in Europe: A Rough Guide to ISIS Lone Wolves

How an ISIS organised attack looks like There is a myth that the Islamic State claims every terror attack in the West as its own. But even its claims of responsibility for events should be accepted sceptically. Let’s establish a criterion that distinguishes between directed attacks – that is those… Read more“Islamic State Attacks in Europe: A Rough Guide to ISIS Lone Wolves”

Full Transcript of Shareef Alnimer Interview: A True Blue Aussie

There’s been a lot of coverage of my interview with Australian combat medic Abu Ousama or Abu Safiyah shown on Channel Seven, Australia it was subsequently picked up by all the major Australian broadcasters and newspapers including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and so forth. The exclusive reached the Australian… Read more“Full Transcript of Shareef Alnimer Interview: A True Blue Aussie”

The Syrian Brotherhood’s Man in London: An Interview with Zuheir Salem

Out of all the places to meet Zuheir Salem, the number two man of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood (SMB), a David Brent-style office in Alperton, north London, is probably the least expected. The office of the SMB is so elusive that even the security guard does not know what the… Read more“The Syrian Brotherhood’s Man in London: An Interview with Zuheir Salem”