Circular no. 39 from the Islamic State’s Diwan al-Qada wa al-Madhalim

Islamic State
Diwan al-Qada wa al-Madhalim

Issue no. 2915
Date: 29 Rabi’ al-Awal 1437 AH corresponding to 10 January 2016 CE

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful and the best prayers and most complete salutations be upon our Prophet and all his family and companions.

Circular no. 39

To the dear brothers the judges of the wilayas and all the judges in the courts of the Islamic State: as-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa brakatuhu. Indeed I commend to you God, besides Whom there is no deity, and I ask Him that you should be well and in good health.

Subject: Monthly Report

The Diwan al-Qada wa al-Madhalim has noticed through the reports referred by you that they are not detailed in terms of number of referred and settled cases and cases under consideration and the numbers of prisoners and the like of details and thus we send to you attached the specimen monthly report to be adopted by you and to be sure of the necessity of complying with referral of the monthly report on every 27th day of every Hijri month.

We ask God to grant us and you success and the right path.

1. Archive

1. Copy of the monthly report
2. CD containing a copy of the specimen.

Islamic State
Diwan al-Qada wa al-Madhalim
The amir

Early Regulations on Electricity Generation: Ninawa Province

Islamic State
Wilayat Ninawa
No. 2
Date: 5 Shawwal 1435 AH [1 August 2014]

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Subject: Timetable of operation

1. Real operation will be 8 hours beginning from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. until 11 p.m. During operation hours, in the event that there is national grid electricity, the period will be extended until after midnight.

2. The price of the ampere will be 7000 dinars only.

3. The complaints base for the left side [east Mosul] will be the al-Ta’mim fuel station near the left side’s industrial area.

4. The complaints base for the right side [west Mosul] will be in the oil directorate near the Mosul silo in the Mosul al-Jadida area.

We will hold accountable all who violate the hours of operation or slack in operation and we will take firm measures against those who fall short.

Left side complaints: 07826703913
Right side complaints: 07826113213

Oil derivatives administration

The Structure of the Islamic State’s Real Estate Offices

Diwan al-Aqarat wa al-Kharaj

Real Estate Centre of the Wilaya
Sector Office

Organizational Framework for the Real Estate Office

Islamic State
Diwan al-Aqarat
The amir


*(Update 28 November 2019): Previously read as possibly being ‘real estate interviews’ (المقابلات العقارية) but on reflection appears to read as ‘real estate transactions’ (المعاملات العقارية).

The Confession of Abu Tahrir al-Urduni: Context and Analysis

Abu Tahrir al-Urduni

Like Nidhal al-Baridi, Abu Tahrir al-Urduni (Nasir Suleiman Qasim) was among those executed for supposed involvement in the assassination of Abu Hashim al-Idlibi, the first amir of Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed (JKBW). Also like Nidhal, Abu Tahrir was later exonerated of responsibility for the assassination of The video clip I uploaded is from the interrogations the group carried out with Abu Tahrir following the assassination of Abu Hashim. In sum, Abu Tahrir affirms in the video that he is of Jordanian nationality and commands the engineering squadron in the military section of JKBW. He says that Nidhal approached him and told him not to go ‘the north’/Iraq (i.e. to go to the areas under the control of the Islamic State, a point confirming the relations between the Islamic State and JKBW). Supposedly, Nidhal and others were planning to hand over control of the Yarmouk Basin area to Abu Obeida Qahtan, and JKBW would withdraw from the area and things would return to as they were in the days of Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk. As part of the supposed new arrangement, Abu Tahrir would receive the position of overall military commander. However, note that Abu Tahrir does not profess to know what happened following the assassination of Abu Hashim, though the supposed general idea was that he should play a role in creating chaos in the Yarmouk Basin area as part of the conspiracy.

For some context, note that Abu Tahrir was in Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk prior to the formation of JKBW in May 2016. It would appear that he had previously been involved in the Southern Front group called the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF), which outlived the original Western-backed SRF of northern Syria that was destroyed by Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups in 2014. The southern SRF issued the following statement at the end of August 2015 to affirm that Abu Tahrir was no longer affiliated with the group.

“Southern Front
Syrian Revolutionaries Front

General Command
Monday: 31st August 2015

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful


Concerning news that has been circulated claiming that Abu Tahrir is a military commander with the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, we deny this and affirm the lack of truth of this news, and affirm that Abu Tahrir is not a member of the Syrian Revolutionaries Front and is not affliated with any formation or group with us. And he was expelled more than a year ago, but he has constantly been trying to return on the basis of various pretexts, but he is not trusted in terms of security and we know he has more than one link. And it was clear here that he suffers from psychological illnesses.

We also affirm that all the military commanders in the Syrian Revolutionaries Front are of its sons and well known among the sons of Syria, and there is no non-Syrian member or commander.

General Command
Syrian Revolutionaries Front.”

A correspondent in Deraa for the pro-opposition outlet Enab Baladi affirmed that Abu Tahrir had participated in a number of battles in west Deraa countryside, including the assault on Tel al-Jumu’. The correspondent also claimed that Abu Tahrir was known for his strong links with the Jordanian intelligence.

As with the confessions of Nidhal al-Baridi, be careful about taking Abu Tahrir’s confession at face value (though it is clear he held the position he says he held in JKBW), particularly in light of the fact he was subsequently exonerated of responsibility for the assassination.

The Video Confession of Abu Tahrir al-Urduni of Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed

(Rough translation of the testimony).

– My name is Naser Suleiman Qasim al-Jahmawi of Jordanian nationality. My father’s name is Suleiman. His name is on my passport. I am in Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed, the leader of the engineering squadron in the military division. Nidhal came to me in the base. He asked me saying: What are you intending to do, Abu Tahrir? I said: I am intending to go to the north to Iraq. He said to me: stay here with us and don’t go. In the coming days the area will change entirely. I spoke with him at length: what do you mean by these words? He said: By God we intend to hand over things to Sheikh Abu Obeida as the general amir, and many brothers in the north according to their request, I want to make sure this area avoids the bombing of the coalition aircraft. And Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed will withdraw from this area and it will return to the state it was in the days of Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk. I rejected this matter later he said: oh Abu Tahrir stay here with us, don’t go, the coming days will be better. I want to cause chaos in this area and explosions: I want this chaos so that I can take hold of security in the area entirely.

I rejected at first, later he said: I want you to place for me a mine on the Jamla-Abideen road. I will give you all the instructions. And you, if when we ask you oh brother, blow it up even if you blow it up in the air but make for me a disturbance in the area, this area. We want there to be caused in it a a security state of affairs so the security authority we want it to be entirely in our hands and Sheikh Abu Obeida will be the general amir for the area.

– And what would you receive?

– The position of military commander in the area. I agreed to this talk and it happened that on the evening of that day I went and dug a small hole and it is present now and I waited there for half an hour and nothing happened and I did not contact them and I returned to the base and I remained in the base for the time.

– Where is the site of the hole?

– It is nearer to Jamla than Abideen on the main road.

– And after the operation of the assassination of Abu Hashim: what happened?

– I don’t know by God about this thing.

The Confessions of Nidhal al-Baridi: Context and Analysis

Nidhal al-Baridi (photo provided by a relative)

Readers will notice that in the previous post I published a group of exclusive video clips from the interrogations carried out by Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed (JKBW) with an individual called Nidhal al-Baridi, who was executed by the group in 2017. For context, JKBW was the Islamic State affiliate that was formed in May 2016 and located in the Yarmouk Basin region in southwest Deraa province on the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. JKBW was eventually declared to be the Islamic State’s Wilayat Hawran.

Nidhal al-Baridi was originally from the village of Jamla in the Yarmouk Basin. He was a brother of Muhammad Sa’ad al-Din al-Baridi (aka ‘al-Khal’), who founded and led the group Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk (LSY: The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade). Nidhal outlived his brother Muhammad who was assassinated by Jabhat al-Nusra (at the time Syria’s al-Qa’ida affiliate) in November 2015, by which point LSY’s affinities and links with the Islamic State had become very apparent. Following al-Khal’s assassination, his associate Abu Obeida Qahtan (aka Qahtan Ya’arab al-Hajj Dawoud: of Palestinian origin and a veteran of the Afghan jihad in the 1980s) took over the group but was then supposedly replaced in March 2016 by a certain ‘Abu Abdullah al-Madani’, who was initially rumoured to be of Saudi origin but actually turned out to be from the locality of Heet in southwest Deraa province. In any event, when JKBW was formed in May 2016, both Abu Obeida Qahtan and Nidhal al-Baridi were in the organization.

JKBW’s first amir was Abu Hashim al-Idlibi (not al-Khal as Step News erroneously claims). He was assassinated in October 2016, apparently in an IED attack. Following the assassination, the group carried out internal arrests that targeted a group of individuals, including Nidhal al-Baridi and Abu Obeida Qahtan. The case of the assassination of Abu Hashim al-Idlibi and the evidence gathered were then referred to the wali of Wilayat Dimashq (i.e. the governor of the Islamic State’s Damascus ‘province’), who then approved the execution of six individuals- including Nidhal al-Baridi and Abu Obeida Qahtan- on the grounds that they were guilty of apostasy. However, the case was reopened in 2018 by the JKBW judiciary in the Yarmouk Basin, which declared the innocence of seven men who had been executed by the group in relation to the case on apostasy grounds (one more apparently than the number of individuals who were approved to be executed by approval of the wali of Dimashq). Among those exonerated was Nidhal al-Baridi. This was because of contradictions in the confessions, improper procedures of obtaining the information regarding what was mutually agreed upon from the confessions, refutation of the case against the defendants by witness testimonies, and the fact that pressure and compulsion were applied against the defendants.

As for Nidhal al-Baridi himself, I have gathered the following information about his background: he was among those who founded LSY. He did not participate in battles but was involved in securing weapons. It is alleged that he had also been involved in drugs smuggling and antiques smuggling. Unlike his brother al-Khal, he did not appear to have a background in Islamist or jihadist trends prior to the war (as for al-Khal, the stories vary from claims that he was of Muslim Brotherhood orientation to a hardline Saydnaya-style jihadist). On a personal level, Nidhal al-Baridi violated the prohibitions against smoking, and one source claims that there were tensions between Nidhal al-Baridi and Abu Hashim al-Idlibi, as the former reputedly feared the latter. As for Abu Obeida Qahtan, Nidhal al-Baridi was on good terms with him.

The confession clips I have uploaded are by no means the full extent of the interrogations with Nidhal al-Baridi. There were apparently nine video clips in total. One should be clear about the limitations of the video clips. We do not know the exact dates and chronological orderings of the clips and the clips are relatively short. It is also clear from them that Nidhal al-Baridi was subjected to torture and was speaking under duress, so the amount of value we can put into the veracity of the confessions is highly questionable.

In summary though, Nidhal confesses to:

– Involvement in the assassination of Abu Hashim al-Idlibi.
– Relations with the Jordanians to establish a border protection brigade under his command.
– Knowledge of an operation that led to the escape of a certain individual called Ali Jad’a, (who was apparently an asset of the Israelis) from JKBW custody.
– Working with Hezbollah to establish secret cells for the group in the Yarmouk Basin area.

NB: The translations of the video clips are in rough form as the volume makes it a little difficult to hear the words precisely. For suggestions/corrections, please write in.