Referral of a woman for Ruqya Shari’iya

Islamic State
Wilayat al-Raqqa
al-Qada wa al-Madhalim Office

Date: 12 Jumada al-Awal 1438 AH corresponding to / /201… CE

To the brother (al-Ruqya centre)…may God protect him

As-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu

We ask you to perform ruqya on the sister A’isha Turkistaniya and inform us of her condition

May God reward you best

Islamic State
al-Raqqa court
Judge of family affairs

Abu Taha [?] [illegible]

Reply of Ruqya Office on Status of Soldier

Islamic State
Wilayat al-Raqqa
The city

Da’wa and Mosques Office
Ruqya Shari’iya
Date: 22 Rajab 1438 AH

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

To whom it may concern, as-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu

We inform you that the brother Abu Ali PKC has been subjected to ruqya shari’iya and it has become apparent he is suffering symptoms of eaten sihr [i.e. black magic ingested in food].

This is so and God knows best.

May God make us and you keys for good and locks for evil.


Abu Faris
Abu Azzam

Note: this letter is valid for 15 days from its date of issue.

Letter to Ruqya Shari’iya Centre on Soldier’s Status

[Islamic State]
[Diwan al-Jund]

Othman bin Affan Division
al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam Brigade

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

No. 405
Date: 18 Rajab 1438 AH

From: Administration of the al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam Brigade
To: The brothers of the al-Ruyqa centre

As-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu

We ask you to examine the brother Abu Ali PKC, diagnose his status, and send us a Ruqya letter regarding his status as soon as possible.

May God reward you best and bring about benefit through you.

Stamp and signature

19 Rajab 1438 AH

[Islamic State]
Diwan al-Jund
Othman bin Affan Division
Al-Zubayr bin al-Awwam Brigade/Administrative Official

Disbursement of Money for Someone Killed by Mistake

Islamic State
Diwan al-Qada wa al-Madhalim
Issue no. Shw-38-56
Date: 22 Shawwal 1438 AH corresponding to 16 July 2017 CE

Subject: disbursement of compensation

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

To the dear brothers in Wilayat Dimashq (may God protect them)

As-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu. I commend God to you, and besides Him there is no deity. He is the Lord of the Worlds and I conveey my prayers and greetings on our Prophet Muhammad and all his family and companions. As for what follows:

We attach for you the agreement of the mashayakh in the Delegated Committee- may God protect them- to disburse a sum of 2,000,000 Shami pounds for the relatives of Muntasir al-Abd who was killed by accident at the hands of the brother Ra’afat Qasim al-Ali. As the incident and two sides of the case are in the besieged sector (Yarmouk Basin), we hope from you- may God bless you- to disburse the aforementioned sum of the assets of grievances in the besieged sector.

May God reward you best.

Islamic State
Diwan al-Qada wa al-Madhalim
Deputy Amir

[In handwriting]: Abu Omar Mansour [?], 22 Shawwal 1438 AH


Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed: Administrative Appointments (November 2017)

Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed
Oversight and Tracking

No. 12
Date: 22 Safr 1439 AH [11 November 2017 CE]

To the brothers in Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed (may God protect them)
As-salam alaykum wa rahma Allah wa barakatuhu

Subject: Circular

Praise be to God the Lord of the Worlds, and God’s peace and blessings be upon the seal of the prophets. As for what follows:

We inform you that the brother Abu Dujana al-Shami is appoined as official of the Yarmouk Basin sector.

And the brother Abu Hussein Nasiriya is appointed as general admin official for the Yarmouk Basin sector.

We thank the brothers who were appointed before them for what they offered to serve this religion and they will be transferred to the army to benefit from their skills.

We ask God to help us and you to obey you.

May God reward you best.

Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed
Oversight and Tracking

Abu Ibrahim al-Shami
22 Safr 1439 AH
[In handwriting]: Abu Ibrahim



The Personnel of the Omar bin al-Khattab Battalion: West Mosul

Those working in the Omar bin al-Khattab Battalion (may God be pleased with him)

Date of inventory: 17 Sha’ban [?] 1438 AH

No.Four-fold name and surnameKunyaSurvey numberNotes
1Aamer Jum’a Mahmoud Kurdi al-HamdaniAbu Khalid Kuwaiyani Military official of the battalion
2Adnan Abdullah Ashkar Abd al-MatyutiAbu Abdullah1,180,011,672Administrative official of the Omar bin al-Khattab Battalion/inside
3Ragheb Muhammad Hussein Alawi al-BadraniAbu Ahmad Nasij1,170,023,491Use/inside
4Ali Saleh Muhammad Ali al-JuburiAbu Hassan1,190,010,071Personnel of the battalion
5Muhammad Thamer Tadhmir Mahmoud al-MashhadaniAbu Maryam1,170,018,871Shari’i official of the battalion
6Khidhr Ismail Khidr Na’amo al-QuraishiAbu Sayf Shu’un1,180,012,612Affairs of the battalion
7Bashar Hadi Muhammad Hassan al-ObeidiAbu Ishaq1,170,018,015Nurse/affairs of the wounded/hospital
8Muhamamd Abd al-Karim Muhammad Yunis al-Sha’abaniAbu al-Hur1,170,029,033Trustee of storage
9Ali Muhammad Suleiman Tahir al-JuburiAbu Sidra1,200,025,607Oil matters
10Muhammad Salah Ali Faraj al-JuburiAbu Ruqayya1,200,023,835Oil matters
11Ahmad Muhammad Hassan Alaiwi al-HadidiAbu Sajjad1,170,010,596Battalion workshop
12Naseef Jasim Muhammad Hassan al-AzzawiAbu Anas al-Shami1,000,013,721Affairs inside
13Hamoud Ahmad Abdullah Sabi’i al-JuburiAbu Nizar1,170,013,795General Military Police/outside
14Nadhem Hamdi Saleh Omar al-JuhaishiAbu Naser1,180,011,290General Military Police/outside
15Ahmad Eisa Muhammad Dawud al-HamdaniAbu Osama1,170,016,811Amir of the central kitchen
16Abdullah Omar Hamadi Eisa al-Sab’awiAbu Omar1,000,013,622Central kitchen/cook
17Hamed Dawud Suleiman Hussein al-MawlaDad Allah1,170,014,250Central kitchen/cook
18Muhammad Khalil Bakr Hussein al-NasiriAbu Qasim1,150,010,609Central kitchen/cleaning services
19Haitham Yunis Mari’i Hassan al-HamdaniAbu Hussein1,170,012,157Water transporter/mobile
20Ali Mahmoud Yaseen Hamdi al-JuburiAbu Karar1,170,018,921Kitchen storage
21Sa’ad Hamad Muhammad Ali al-HadidiAbu Sa’oud1,000,011,171Central kitchen
22Abdullah Abd al-Haleem Muhammad Saleh al-RahawiAbu Abada1,200,028,791Medical personnel
23Maitham Ali Hussein Ahmad al-JuburiAbu Ali1,190,015,127Medical personnel
24Yusuf Ahmad Dhanun Yunis al-Ta’iAbu Abd al-Rahman1,200,024,888Fighter/Air Defence
25Mahmoud Sami Mahmoud Qasim al-Ta’iAbu Abdullah1,180,011,548Fighter/Air Defence
26Mazen Mahmoud Qadir Khalaf al-ObeidiAbu Zainab1,170,017,186Fighter/Air Defence
27Rakan Nadhem Muhammad Qasim al-JuhaishiAbu Dafan1,200,015,889Fighter/Air Defence
28Ali Hazem Muhammad Dhanun al-ObeidiAbu Muslim1,200,025,628Fighter/Air Defence
29Abd al-Kareem Hussein Muhammad Mahmoud al-JuburiAbu Anas1,190,018,246Fighter/Air Defence
30Shaker Mahmoud Ali Hussein al-RashidiAbu Ayad1,200,016,748Fighter/Air Defence
31Hassan Abd al-Kareem Hussein Shahada al-Nu’aimiAbu Mustafa1,170,010,964Fighter/Air Defence
32Saleh Adham Anwairan Shaher al-HadidiAbu Muhammad1,170,027,494Fighter/Air Defence
33Basim Muhammad Mughir Khalaf al-JanabiAbu Abd al-Rahman1,190,017,791Fighter/Air Defence
34Nahel Khidhr Idriss Saleh al-JuburiAbu Abd al-Rahman1,170,011,863Fighter/Air Defence
35Abdullah Khalid Ghazi Abdullah al-JuheishiSalman1,000,012,526Fighter/Air Defence
36Muhannad Ahmad Khudhair Suleiman al-SuweidawiAbu Omar1,180,015,558Connections/inside
37Hussein Jabbar Kadhim Ramidh al-BayatiAbu Bakr1,170,017,124Connections/inside
38Muhammad Suhail Najm Abdullah al-JuburiAbu Abdullah1,200,027,516Connections transporter/inside
39Muthanna Muhammad Sa’adoun Matroud al-OweisiAbu Abdullah Field transporter
40Hazem Mahmoud Muhammad Farhan al-HadidiAbu Qasim1,170,014,577Field transporter
41Muhammad Khalil Hassan Ali al-JuburiAbu Ibrahim1,170,011,283Sentinel/inside
42Ali Mahmoud Muhammad Abd al-Razzaq al-JuburiAbu Okasha1,170,027,196Shari’i official/inside
43Omar Khalid Miraz Amur [?] al-KuwaiyaniAbu Asem1,170,014,675Shari’i official/inside
44Nashwan Ahmad Shihab Ahmad al-JuburiAbu Ghayth1,190,019,660Shari’i official/inside
45Muhammad Rumi Muhammad Hamadi al-AnaziAbu Mustafa1,170,027,211Shari’i official/inside
46Ahmad Saleh Hassan Majeed al-JuburiAbu Jameela1,170,010,582Intelligence/inside
47Fatah Allah Kadhem Muhammad al-Douri al-HamdaniAbu Shaham1,170,016,501Intelligence/inside
48Ahmad Riyadh Muhammad al-MaqalliAbu Ibrahim1,000,013,727Relief transporter
49Ali Hassan Jawad Hameed al-Haiza’iAbu Hussein1,200,025,630Sentinel/inside
50Saleh Ali Hamada Abd al-Lateed al-BadraniAbu Anas Sentinel/inside
51Ahmad Riyadh Muhammad Thamer al-Mla’aliAbu Ibrahim1,000,013,727Sentinel/inside
52Laith Waleed Badran Muhammad al-LahibiAbu Nuraiya1,170,024,677Sentinel/inside
53Ali Huwaidi Muhammad Huwaidi al-JuburiAbu Zayd1,170,021,530Sentinel/inside
54Muwafiq Ahmad Muhammad Awad al-Sab’awiAbu Ayyub1,200,016,835Sentinel/inside
55Omar Muhammad Thabat Abdullah al-ObeidiAbu Hafs1,170,025,766Sentinel/inside
56Omar Yunis Kamthan Fathi al-ObeidiAbu Sa’af1,170,024,590Sentinel/inside
57Salim Abdullah Ahmad Ali al-JuburiAbu Ahmad1,170,018,913Sentinel/inside
58Rasheed Ibrahim Ajaj Hameed al-JuburiAbu Mus’ab1,170,018,910Sentinel/inside
59Ahmad Ali Sa’id Hameed al-JuburiAbu Adnan1,170,018,916Sentinel/inside
60Ra’id Ayed Ahmad Saleh al-JuburiAbu Ayman1,170,018,465Sentinel/inside
61Muhsin Khidhr Muhammad Fadhil al-JuburiAbu Abd1,190,016,378Sentinel/inside
62Muhammad Mahmoud Saleh Khidhr al-Sab’awiAbu Ammar1,190,018,096Sentinel/inside
63Rahid Ahmad Antar Hamad al-HamdaniAbu Zakariya1,000,012,222Sentinel/inside
64Hassani Salim Jasim Ab’eiran al-JanabiAbu Suleiman BaijiFrom the specialSentinel/inside
65Ahmad Abd al-Hakeem Abdullah Hussein al-Sumaida’iAbu Dhir1,150,015,325Sentinel/inside
66Hayder Arid Muhammad Sa’id Fandi al-DulaimiAbu Sariya Sentinel/inside
67Sa’ad Muhammad Khidhr Mustafa al-LahibiAbu Sa’id1,200,028,794Sentinel/inside
68Abdullah Bashar Ibrahim al-Ta’iAbu Layth Sentinel/inside
69Yusuf Ahmad Khalaf Saluh al-Sab’awiAbu Mus’ab1,000,011,540Sentinel/inside
70Hussein Emad Ali Hussein al-Sab’awiAbu Zayd Sentinel/inside
71Abd Muhammad Khaleef Jarkha al-BadraniAbu Suhayb1,160,023,716Sentinel/inside
72Ammar Mahdi Ali Obeid al-BadraniAbu Rawaha1,200,023,827Sentinel/inside
73Qahtan Idrees Sa’ad Allah Thabat al-AbdullahAbu Talha1,200,021,749Sentinel/inside
74Rayan Ghanim Mahmoud Afas al-AhmadiAbu Sara1,200,023,839Sentinel/inside
75Jamal Sufyan Khalaf Ahmad al-JughaifiAbu Sufyan7-391-665-078Sentinel/inside
76Ameen Munir Sabah Abd al-Nu’aimiAbu Sadiq1,000,013,698Sentinel/inside
77Abd al-Muhaimin Muhammad Qasim Muhammad al-HamdaniAbu Zahra’ Sentinel/inside
78Ala’ Abdullah Jum’a Hamadi al-BadraniAbu Osama1,000,013,757Sentinel/inside
79Abd al-Ghafur Sultan Abdullah al-Ali al-HadidiAbu Abdullah1,000,012,820Sentinel/inside
80Khayr Allah Hussein Hassan Mua’ed al-JughaifiAbu Omar1,170,013,502Sentinel/inside
81Fadhil Bdaiwi Munawir Hussein al-HadidiAbu Ahmad1,170,220,936Sentinel/inside
82Abd al-Rahman Hamid Matar Jalud al-JuburiAbu Anas Sentinel/inside
83Ahmad Abd al-Kareem Hussein Obeid al-JuburiAbu al-Ayna’1,170,014,457Sentinel/inside
84Hassan Mahmoud Hassan Hamadi al-HadidiAbu Sa’ad1,200,016,983Sentinel/inside
85Rafi’ Ali Ramadan Hameed al-AkeediAbu Izz al-Din Sentinel/inside
86Shahir Ghanim Salim Sultan al-BadraniAbu Abdullah Sentinel/inside
87Ghanam Rafi’ Ali Ramadan al-AkeediAbu SayfMunasirSentinel/inside
88Nur al-Din Idris Abd al-Qadir Othman al-QassabAbu Fatima1,000,013,803Sentinel/inside
89Muhammad Kamil Ramadan Hamad al-JuburiAbu Abd al-Ghanni Sentinel/inside
90Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad Bdaiwi Munawir al-HadidiAbu MustafaMunasirSentinel/inside
91Lazim Awad Dhiyab Munawir al-HadidiAbu OmarMunasirSentinel/inside
92Nouri Nayed Sharif Fariq al-BaijawaniAbu Abd al-Rahman1,170,026,458Sentinel/inside
93Arif Abd al-Razzaq Hassan Ali al-DulaimiQa’qa’1,200,027,347Sentinel/inside
94Akram Muhammad Khudhair Hussein al-HadidiAbu Omar1-421-376-671Sentinel/inside
95Mahmoud Hassan Ahmad Dalli al-JuburiAbu AliMunasirSentinel/inside
96Shaja’ Muhammad Hameed Hussein al-MashhadaniAbu Isra’ Sentinel/inside
97Mahmoud Ayed Maz’al Ahmad al-AkeediAbu Sayf1,190,014,166Sentinel/inside
98Abd al-Muhsin Mahmoud Hassan Ata Allah al-BadraniAbu al-Zubair1,190,020,396Sentinel/inside
99Muhammad Mahmoud Muhammad Aboush al-JuburiAbu Anas1,170,026,232Sentinel/inside
100Abd al-Basit Rasheed Suleiman Abdullah al-JuburiAbu Rashid1,190,013,550Sentinel/inside
101Sakr Hassan Khidhr Hassan al-AkeediAbu Omar1,170,026,232Sentinel/inside
102Muhammad Basheer Muhammad Ahmad al-JuburiAbu al-Bara’1,200,024,901Sentinel/inside
103Ahmad Muhammad Ahmad al-MuhammadAbu Dujana al-Shami Sentinel/inside
104Hakam Ali Mahmoud Ali al-BadraniAbu AbdullahMunasirSentinel/inside
105Muhammad Aamer Abd al-Qadir Dhanun al-ObeidiTalha Sentinel/inside
106Ahmad Awda Munawir Hussein al-HadidiAbu OthmanMunasirSentinel/inside
107Hani Abd al-Razzaq Zhahir al-Nu’aimiAbu A’isha al-Shami Sentinel/on leave
108Yahya Kurdi Fahad Attiyah al-JuburiAbu Suleiman Sentinel/on leave
109Suhayb Abd al-Jabbar Ali Hussein al-HamdaniAbu Abd al-Jabbar1,200,023,822Sentinel/on leave
110Abd al-Kareem Maysar Salim Khalil al-ObeidiAbu Ja’afar1,170,015,532Sentinel/on leave
111Ahmad Hameed Muhammad Hameed al-BadraniAbu Suhayb1,200,028,819Sentinel/on leave
112Abdullah Ahmad Rafi’ KhalidAbu A’isha al-Shami Sentinel/on leave
113Radhwan Mahall Hassan Hameed al-BadraniAbu Nur1,200,028,495Sentinel/on leave
114Ahmad Kareem Muhammad Sultan al-MawaliAbu Abdullah Kokjali1,170,010,592Sentinel/on leave
115Ziyad Bakr Muhammad Bakr al-FarhatAbu A’isha Sentinel/on leave
116Abd al-Hameed Muhammad Jasim Khalifa Albu DabashAbu Bara’ al-Shami Sentinel/on leave
117Abdullah Ahmad Ramadan Sultan al-HamdaniAbu Sariya1,120,017,993Sentinel/on leave
118Saleh Ahmad Mahmoud Majeed al-JuburiAbu Haydar8-089-987-299Sentinel/on leave
119Sufyan Dhanun Muhammad Khaleef al-BadraniAbu A’isha1,170,012,483Sentinel/on leave
120Mujahid Khalid Mansur Salman al-BuhairiAbu Khalid al-JazrawiGeneral AdministrationSentinel/on leave
121Zaydan Khalaf Obeid Jasim al-BadraniAbu Ruqayya1,170,028,038Sentinel/on leave
122Muhammad Kamil RamadanAbu Abd al-Ghanni Sentinel/on leave
123Jasim Habeeb Faraj Muhammad al-Sab’awiAbu Abd1,170,018,872Sentinel/on leave
124Saddam Hussein Saleh Khidhr al-Sab’awiAbu Karam1,190,018,011Sentinel/on leave
125Qutaiba Kurdi Ahmad Saleh al-JumailiAbu Muslim1,190,019,419Sentinel/on leave
126Sa’ad Tariq Jarjis Muhammad al-BadraniAbu al-Qa’qa’ Sentinel/on leave
127Fadhil Suleiman Hamoudi Dhiyab al-Ta’iAbu Osaid Sentinel/on leave
128Muhammad Eisa Ahmad Abd al-JuhaishiAbu Aman1,170,022,749Sentinel/on leave
129Ahmad Sultan Manzal Arghiyan al-ObeidiAbu Omar al-Khashan1,170,011,285Sentinel/on leave
130Dergham Ibrahim Dhanun Abd al-MawlaAbu Basman8,295,318,470Sentinel/on leave
131Ahmad Muhammad Yunis Ahmad al-HarbawiIbrahim1,170,023,201Sentinel/on leave
132Abd al-Hadi Muhammad Yunis isma’il al-AnaziAbu As’ad1,000,013,615Sentinel/on leave
133Ahmad Dhanun Abdullah Madid al-BadraniAbu Muslim1,200,028,820Sentinel/on leave
134Abdullah Abd al-Sattar Abdullah Mahmoud al-JuhaishiAbu Ahmad1,200,020,234Sentinel/on leave
135Khalid Fathi Ahmad Hamoud al-DulaimiAbu Abd[.],[…], 013,233[not visible]
136Ghanim Abd Fathi Ali al-BadraniAbu OthmanMunasir[not visible]
137Ibrahim Khalil Muhammad Atiyah al-JuburiAbu Mua’tasim[.],[…],013,787[not visible]
138Hameed Omar Dakheel Dhal’an al-JuburiAbu Omar[.],[…],010,052[not visible]
139Ali Muhammad Abdullah Yunis al-Ta’iAbd al-Haqq [not visible]
140Mustafa Muhammad al-Muhammad DadaAbu Islam al-Manbaji [not visible]
141Bassam Ahmad Mustafa Sa’ad al-JuburiAbu Muhammad[.],[…],011,882[not visible]

[Stamp on each page except the last one]:

Islamic State
Diwan al-Jund
Right-side of Mosul Sector [i.e. west Mosul]

[on the second page a fuller version of the stamp appears that seems to show the stamp of the administrative official of the battalion].

[in writing at end of table]:

Sha’alan Ahmad Khidhr Yusuf al-Juhaishi: Abu Karar, battalion in battalion [?…]

Hamoud Ayid Maz’al Ahmad al-Alidi [?]; Abu Sayf, Omar battalion, the brother [not visible…]


[Comment: Note that in the above translation, any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own. These documents provide a useful overview of a battalion of the Islamic State’s forces in the west Mosul, appearing to date from May 2017 not long before the conclusion of the battle of Mosul. Personnel in the battalion can take on a variety of functions: some function as kitchen staff, others take on a Shari’i function, but the majority are sentinels (called ‘murabiteen’ in Arabic: i.e. they man the front-lines). It is also worth noting the survey number, a system of marking formal members who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, as opposed to the ‘munasir’ (‘supporter’) who is of a different category. The survey number generally takes the form of A,BCD,EFG,HIJ. Normally, A is 1, B and C are treated as one number ranging from 00 to 20, D and E are both 0, and the remaining digits appear to be variable. For example:


From this list, by far the most prevalent combination is 1,17 for A,BC. This suggests that that combination is particular to personnel registered in the Ninawa wilaya of the Islamic State. As for combination 1,19, I have observed it for personnel lists from Qayyara (which came under the ‘Dijla wilaya’ of the Islamic State), suggesting it is particular to personnel registered in that wilaya.

An analysis of the names shows the overwhelming majority of personnel in the battalion are Iraqis. I count five personnel with the name ‘Shami’ in their kunyas suggesting they are Syrians originally (most likely) or from the greater Levant. One fighter has ‘Manbiji’ as part of his kunya suggesting he is from Manbij in Aleppo province. Only one fighter in the battalion appears to have a kunya suggesting he is from outside Iraq and the Levant: namely, Abu Khalid al-Jazrawi, whose kunya suggests he is from Saudi Arabia].

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.

Video Confessions of Nidhal al-Baridi of Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed

(Rough transcript of the video)

– There was the Hezbollah group here who wanted to create sleeper cells here in the Yarmouk Basin area and give them aid and military support.

– Fine, with whom have they been in contact?

– They have been in contact with one called Muhammad Yasin Abu Sayfan.

– Muhammad Yasin Abu Sayfan: to whom did he come, I mean whom did the party contact saying that they wanted to offer support? Who would work on the assignments? Who would establish the cells?

– We are the ones who would establish the cells.

– Who? You Nidhal yourself and the group?

– I Nidhal, but in coordination with the general amir.

– With the general amir what did you coordinate?

– Handing over the aircraft- reconnaissance aircraft- in exchange for a financial sum of $1.5 million. The matter turned from a financial sum to an exchange, that there would be the withdrawal of the al-Hajar al-Aswad group in exchange for the aircraft as they would be secured a safe exit.

– So the amir only knew that there would be a swap or exchange: that the aircraft would be in exchange for the withdrawal or the matter of money.

– No, he also had news of the matter of the exchange and we would take money from them.

– But he did not know that you would establish cells here.

– No he knew, and he is the one who gave me the flashstick in which the names were.

– What names?

– The names of people whom he placed directly.

(Rough transcript of the video)

– The assassination of Abu Hashim, who had knowledge of it from the leaders?

– The six people aforementioned.

– Who are they?

– Qahtan, Nidhal, Abu Tahrir, Nadir al-Qaseem, Khalid al-Jamal, Abu Jandal.

– How many meetings did you have before implementing the operation?

– Not all the meetings were such that they were gathered together. For example I was with so-and-so and so-and-so and for example most of the meetings were in the presence of Nadir al-Qaseem, myself and Abu Obeida Qahtan.

– So you were making the plans and distributing the assignments to the rest?

– Yes.

– You mentioned the IEDs that came. How any IEDs did you receive?

– Seven IEDs.

– You distributed how many?

– I distributed two.

– To whom?

– One to Nadir al-Qaseem and the second to Khalid al-Jamal.

– And the rest are where?

– I have them hidden in the house.

– Where in the house?

– In the garden of the house.

– And what is with them?

– With them are the detonation devices.

(Rough transcript of the video)

– Nidhal, tell us about how the prisoners were allowed to escape from the prison. How did the operation happen?

– There was Khalid al-Jamal.

– Khalid al-Jamal: what was his capacity in the formation among you?

– A leader.

– A leader from the six aforementioned.

– He came to me and said there is a group who contacted me- the al-Maghrib group- for the escape of the prisoner.

– Who are the al-Maghrib group?

– The Jews. I said who is the prisoner? He said Ali Jad’a, an intermediary with them for the al-Haramain group from Heet. They wanted to see if they could get him out from the Dawa’esh: the one called Ali Jad’a. Yes Ali Jad’a, we can get him out no problem. Ali Jad’a, he had a companion with him who was Aamer Marhaj, so they got them out.

– But how was the escape operation done?

– I don’t have a review of it.

– But who was responsible for it?

– Those responsible for it were those who had the shift: one called Omran and the second called Noor.

– Okay, those are the ones entrusted with their escape.

– Those who had the shift.

(Rough transcript of the video)

– There was a project on the basis that we establish a border guards brigade with the Jordanian side, to control the area, from al-Mu’allaqa to al-Qusayr, the al-Wahda dam area, and during the discussions with them they informed us that there would be a humanitarian border crossing in service to the citizens of the Basin, and permitting the peoples to farm their lands in the Yarmouk Valley area.

– What did the Jordanian side present you?

– The Jordanian side until now did not present us anything but there was a project but there was the order to delay the matter because of the explosion that happened in Inkhil against the leadership of the Southern Front.

– What were they promising you?

– They were promising us to offer to the brigade 4 by 4 vehicles, with individual light weapons and a humanitarian crossing and a sum of $50,000.

– $50,000 monthly as salaries?

– Expenditures and salaries for the brigade.

– Which brigade is this?

– This brigade was formed under my name. There is no specified name, just border guards, but the brigade affiliated with me and the work entrusted to it.