List of Personnel for Mobilisation for Auxiliary Support

[No.][Name][Kunya][Residence address][Affiliation with division/brigade/section][Date of mobilisation for auxiliary support]
30Muhammad Saleh Muhammad AbdullahAbu RuqayyaHaijal Kabir, al-Makaram schoolNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
31Hilal Muhammad Attiyeh SalehAbu AkramAl-Shura, Umm al-MahahirIslamic Police: Traffic11 Shawwal 1437
32Walid Ahmad Hameed Jad’anAbu BakrAl-Shirat, Shakran, al-Mu’atasim mosqueNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
33Omar Muhammad Sheet MuhammadAbu MuhammadAl-Shura Tel Wa’iIslamic Police, al-Zab sector11 Shawwal 1437
34Abd al-Khaliq Abdullah Namis HamoudAbu Ja’afarKan’ous al-Khamisat, al-Fatah al-Mubin mosqueNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
35Abdullah Alaiwi Abdullah MahmoudAbu TaqiVillage of Sheikh Younis, al-Rahman mosqueAl-Qadisiya Division, Salman al-Farisi Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
36Khalid Mahmoud Muhammad AbdullahAbu HudhaifaHamam al-Alil, al-Bari mosqueNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
37Abd al-Rahman Khalaf Ahmad MansourAbu AnasAl-Shura, Martyrs Neighbourhood, Tabarak mosqueAl-Qadisiya Division, Second Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
38Hamad Muslih Khalaf FarajAbu SalehKan’ous al-Khamisat, al-Rahman mosqueNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
39Yaseen Muhammad Hussein DarwishAbu Abd al-RahmanShayalat al-Imam, al-Tawba mosqueNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
40Hamid Abd Ahmad JabarAbu al-Wafa’Village of Sheikhat Othman, Othman mosqueNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
41Fu’ad Sa’id Fadhal MukhlafAbu AishaAl-Shirqat, Tel al-Asham, Uqba bin Nafi’ mosqueNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
42Muhannad Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-ZubaidiAbu RahmaMosul, Sumer neighbourhood, al-Anfal mosqueAnti-Armoured Vehicles Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
43Yaseen Taha Mahmoud MuhammadAbu QatadaMosul, al-Risala neighbourhood, al-Madina al-Munawwara mosqueNahavand Division, al-Qa’qa’ Brigade, Battalion 5611 Shawwal 1437
44Salah Abd al-Kareem Hamad ToamehAbu RadwanMosul, al-Wahda neighbourhood, al-Baisi street near the traffic lightNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, Abu Hamza Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
45Aseel Khalil Ibrahim ObeidAbu HudhaifaKan’ous, al-Khamisat al-Rahman mosqueNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
46Abd al-Ghanni Abd al-Aziz Mahmoud AklaAbu AhmadVillage of al-Jad’a, cemeteryNahavand Division, al-Qa’qa’ Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
47Sultan Akram Khalaf AliAl-MaysaraMosul, New MosulNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, Abu Hamza Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
48Ziyad Salim Hamoud HassanAbu Bara’Kan’ous al-Amam, Main StreetNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, Abu Hamza Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
49Hassan Salim Hamoud HassanAbu MarwanKan’ous al-Amam, Main StreetNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, Abu Hamza Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
50Yasir Ahmad Ali Fara’Abu Ma’anVillage of al-Hajj Ali, divisionNahavand Division, Abu Bakr Brigade11 Shawwal 1437
51Yaseen Nouri Khidhr AhmadAbu NouriVillage of al-Jad’a, Abu Bakr al-Siddiq mosquePolice: traffic11 Shawwal 1437
52Abdullah Khalifah Khidhr ShihabAbu KhababKan’ous al-Amam, Main StreetNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, Abu Hamza Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
53Abd al-Hakeem Khalil Ibrahim KhidhrHakeemKan’ous al-Amam, Main StreetNahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, Abu Hamza Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
54Barzan Hardan Ahmad AliAbu KhattabNew Mosul, block 10Nahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, Abu Hamza Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
55Jasim Khalaf Hamad DakheelAbu AbdullahHamam al-Alil, Albusarqa [?]Nahavand Division, al-Nu’man bin al-Maqran Brigade, al-Hadhr Battalion11 Shawwal 1437
56Mahmoud Aziz Aboud KhattabAbu LaythMosul, Badush, al-Hayy al-Quyyum mosqueNahavand Division, al-Qa’qa’ Brigade, by reconstruction11 Shawwal 1437

NB: To be compared again with the CTC report on IS military structure, as there are more matches in brigade names and battalions.

Leave Permit: Hudhaifa bin al-Yaman Brigade

Islamic State
Caliphate on the Prophetic Methodology

Authority: Nahavand Division
Leave Permit

The brother Taher Abbas Muhammad who works in the Hudhaifa bin al-Yaman brigade is permitted to leave on Saturday corresponding to / / 143[…] at time …. (morning/evening).

His leave permit period is …provided he joins up with his work on day …. corresponding to / / 143[…] at time …. (morning/evening).

The weapons that the brother carries/their type…..and their number…

Number:

Islamic State
Diwan al-Jund/Nahavand Division

Hudhaifa bin al-Yaman Brigade
Administrative official

Islamic State
Diwan al-Jund/Nahavand Division
Hudhaifa bin al-Yaman Brigade
Deputy

List of Personnel for Auxiliary Duty (July 2016)

Auxiliaries


No.Brother’s four-fold nameKunyaAddress of residenceDivision/Brigade/SectionDate of auxiliary service
1Saleh Ghanim Ali HusseinAbu AyubAmam Gharbi mosque of al-HalbousNahavand Division, al-Qa’qa’ Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
2Ghazwan Awad Mahmoud HusseinAbu TurabVillage of Asila, mosque of the villageNahavand Division, Military Engineering9 Shawwal 1437
3Ahmad Khalaf Ali HalbusAbu OmarAmam Gharbi mosque of al-HalbousNahavand Division, Division’s Connections9 Shawwal 1437
4Mal Allah Jum’a AhmadAbu AnasAl-Jasma village, mosque of the CalliphateNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
5Zhahir Ismail Tala’ SuleimanAbu IbrahimHamam al-Alil, mosque of the SahabaNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
6Hassan Mohsen Mari’i HassanAbu KhattabMosul, al-Shuhada’ neighbourhood mosque of al-Wahid al-AhadDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
7Ali Hadi AbdullahAbu AliMosul, al-Shuhada’ neighbourhood mosque of al-Wahid al-AhadDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
8Muhamamd Yaseen Attiyeh SalehAbu Mu’awiyaAmam Gharbi, mosque of al-RahmanWounded9 Shawwal 1437
9Khalil Yaseen Mahmoud YaseenAbu TalhaAmam Gharbi, mosque of al-RahmanDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
10Abd al-Wahid Abbas Khudair FathiAbu ZakariyaMosul, al-Intisar neighbourhood, gas factoryAl-Baylawi9 Shawwal 1437
11Ibrahim Saleh Ismail HusseinAbu AhmadAl-Khadraniya, grand mosque of al-KhadraniyaNahavand Division, al-Qa’qa’ Brigade, Battalion 699 Shawwal 1437
12Nouri Omar Sami KhidhrAbu NawrasVillage of al-Jad’a, school of Arkiya Jad’aNahavand Division, Affairs of the Division9 Shawwal 1437
13Adnan Hayran Saleh Wa’ad SajidAbu Omar al-Ma’uqMosul, Sumer neighbourhood, al-Bukhari mosqueAl-Qadisiya Division, Sa’ad bin Abi Waqas Battalion9 Shawwal 1437
14Muhammad Hassan Hamoud YaseenAbu NimrAmam Gharbi, al-Fattah MosqueDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
15Rajab Khalaf Abd al-Hameed KhalafAbu SabhanAl-Zab, Shamit, Millat Qadami mosqueNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
16Bashar Salim Ahmad MuhammadAbu KhalidAmam Gharbi, al-Fattah MosqueDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
17Muhannad Abdullah Muhammad al-ShamiAbu ObeidaAl-Raqqa, al-Mansura, An’ash al-ReefDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
18Muhammad Suleiman Muhammad HusseinAbu RusulKan’ous al-Imam, Main StreetNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
19Ali Eisa Obeid MuhammadAbu EisaAl-Eitha village, al-Talabiya mosqueDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
20Hussein Awwad Hussein IbrahimAbu Shaima’Al-Eitha village, al-Khazan Ma’ al-HaknaDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
21Abd al-Sattar Ali Muhammad ObeidAbu AnasAl-Eitha village, al-Khazan Ma’ al-HaknaDhat al-Sawari Division, Abdullah bin al-Aas Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
22Emad Aswad Abdullah KhudairAbu WisamMosul, al-Rashidiya, Qata’ al-Sadis, Hajji Idris mosqueNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
23Jum’a Saleh Ahmad MutarAbu Mus’abKan’ous al-Imam, Main StreetNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
24Ahmad Abdullah Ahmad KhalafAbu SafaAl-Hawija, near the electricity officeAl-Qadisiya Division, Air Defence Battalion9 Shawwal 1437
25Ahmad Khalil Ismail MuhammadAbu TalhaMosul, al-Nabi Sheet, Hamam al-SijnNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
26Jihad Muhammad Najam MahmoudAbu TabarakMosul, Ba’shiqa, al-Fadhiliya village, clinicNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
27Abdullah Omar Ali MuhammadAbu TurabMosul, al-Karama, al-Hamam divisionNahavand Division, Abu Musa al-Ash’ari Brigade9 Shawwal 1437
28Muhammad Abd Khalid JabarAbu SamiyyaAl-Eitha village, Abu Bakr mosqueNahavand Division, Affairs of the Division9 Shawwal 1437
29Amir Abd al-Ilah Majul AhmadAbu QatadaAl-Hawija, al-Abasi subdistrict, al-Tarqiya villageAl-Qadisiya Division, Salman the Persian Brigade9 Shawwal 1437

NB: For names of brigades and divisions, cf. Combating Terrorism Center’s (CTC) overview of Islamic State military divisions and battalions (p. 36). This document, found independently of CTC’s work, provides cross corroboration of the authenticity of the report’s data.

Codes for Weapons and Operations

WeaponsTerms
Kalashnikov: 100Exacavator: 110
GC: 101Digger: 111
PKC: 102Armoured vehicle:1 13
Launcher: 103Tank: 114
Sniper: 104Hummer: 115
10.5: 105Reinforcement: 116
12.5: 106Explosive rigged vehicle: 127
14.5: 107Martyrdom operative: 128
Cannon 23: 108Martyr: 129
Mortar 60: 118Wounded: 130
Mortar 81: 119Missing: 131
Mortar 82: 121Massing: 132
Mortar 120: 122Withdrawal: 133
Spg9: 138Assistance: 145
RBR: 139Rations: 146
Cornet: 140Lesson: 147
Konkers: 141Reconnaissance: 148
Anti-tank missile: 143Transporter: 149
Fagut [type of anti-tank missile]: 144Bombing: 150


Appointment of Deputy Commander of Hudhaifa bin al-Yaman Brigade

Diwan al-Jund
Nahavand Division

No. T.K-34

Date: 5 Dhu al-Q’ida 1437 AH/8 August 2016 CE

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
To: Hudhaifa bin al-Yaman Brigade
Subject: Appointment


Praise be to God and prayers and peace be upon the one sent with the sword as a mercy to the worlds. As for what follows:

As-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu

The brother Abu Rahma has been appointed deputy to the amir of the Hudhaifa bin al-Yaman Brigade in replacement of the brother Abu Rusl al-Jallad. Please cooperate with him in service to Islam and the Muslims.

And may God reward you best.

Islamic State
Nahavand Division/Amir


[In handwriting]: Abu Suleiman

Division Administration
Amir of the Nahavand Division.

Cc.

Archive

Request for disbursement of medical expenses: Ninawa

Islamic State
Wilayat Ninawa/Left-North Side Military Administration [i.e. north-east Mosul area]

No. 5 Safr 1437 AH [17 November 2015 CE]

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
To: Military Administrator
Subject: Disbursement of operation entitlements


Praise be to God alone and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God, his family, companions and whoso is loyal to him. As for what follows:

As-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu

We would like to inform you that the brother Abu Idriss who was wounded in Baiji with a strong wound (as a result of which he broke his left knee), has undergone a surgical operation in al-Sham [Syria] with replacement of the kneecap and the cost was $4000 and the details are outlined in the table below:

No.SumDetails
1$3000Sum the doctor took during the operation.
2$1000Route expenditures and treatment expenditures.

Administrative official of the left side military [i.e. east Mosul]
The amir
5 Safr 1437 AH

ID Card for a fighter in the Tariq bin Ziyad Battalion

Islamic State
Diwan al-Jund
Eastern Region

Temporary Card

Kunya: Abu Ali al-Jarjari
ID number: 1,200,012,093
Weapon number: 1752
Blood type:
Battalion: Tariq bin Ziyad

Islamic State
Diwan al-Jund
Military/General Administrative Official



[Comment: Found by Josie Ensor in Mosul. The Tariq bin Ziyad Battalion was known for having many foreign fighters in its ranks (i.e. people from outside Iraq and Syria) and the ID number beginning 1,200,0…is found for a number of the battalion’s personnel. See here for comparison as well as West Point CTC’s study on Islamic State databases discussing the ID number system. However, it should be noted that the name ‘al-Jarjari suggests this fighter was originally from the Mosul area/Ninawa. Note that ‘Eastern Region’ refers to the Iraqi theatre of operation for the Islamic State.].

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…]

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[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:

1,170,011,285.

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].

Circular from the Delegated Committee on Rewards for Deeds in War

Islamic State
Delegated Committee

Number: 921
Date: 26 Dhu al-Q’ida 1437 AH/30 August 2016 CE

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

To: The Diwan al-Jund
Subject: Disbursement of Pay


Praise be to God and prayers and peace be upon the Messenger of God and his family with salutations…..As for what follows:

As-salam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuhu

I ask God the Blessed and Almighty to protect you with His protection, and guide you with His guidance, and make right your judgement, and make firm your steps, and grant you victory over your enemy, and grant you success for what He loves and is pleased with. Indeed He is excellent as Lord and excellent as Helper.

The Almighty has said: ‘So fight in the path of God. Only bear what you yourself can deal with, and rouse the believers. Perhaps God will ward off the might of those who have disbelieved. And God is mightier in might and mightier in inflicting damage’- (Surat al-Nisa’ 84).

As it is from the aspect of incitement to fight the enemies of God and the apostates and inflicting havoc on them and inciting the brothers to fight them, the Amir al-Mu’mineen Sheikh Abu Bakr al-Qurashi al-Baghdadi (may God protect him) has ordered to give payments in golden dinars to all who inflict havoc in destroying the arms and equipment of the enemies of God Almighty, and that is according to the following arrangement:

. Aircraft (fighter jets/helicopters/drones): giving a car whose value is no less than 10 golden dinars of 21 carats to the detachment or person and that is according to the directives of the amir.

. Tanks: payment is to be given according to the manner in which they have been destroyed as follows:

Giving 7 golden dinars for everyone who blows up a tank with any weapons even if it is by land mines controlled by wire or control devices from a distance except land mines that not controlled from a distance. The exception also is blowing up with guided missiles, for which only 1 golden dinar is to be given.

. Armoured cars in their various types and armoured vehicles: giving 4 golden dinars except for what is blown up with a land mine.

. General vehicles: giving 2 dinars except what is blown up with an uncontrolled land mine.

. Sniper: giving of every apostate or disbeliever: giving 1 dinar if it is photographed and half a dinar if there is a witness with it.

. Support: every projectile that achieves direct hits, there is to given 1 silver dirham to the detachment on the basis that there is a witness or photography. This in in the event of not knowing the type of losses of the enemy. As for in the event of knowing the losses of the enemy, it is to be given for the biggest target and not for every target, provided the news should be on the same day.

. Using chemical weapons with projectiles and rockets: for every projectile that hits the target: 10 silver dirhams are to be given to the detachment.

. Killing an apostate or disbelieving soldier: 10 silver dirhams are to be give whatever the means of killing, except sniper.

. Capturing an apostate or disbelieving soldier: 1 golden dinar is to be given.

[Stamp on top of page]:

Islamic State
Delegated Committee


[Stamp on bottom of page]:

Islamic State
Diwan al-Jund
General Administration/The Amir


[In handwriting]:

To be circulated to all sectors and all the divisions are to be informed of circulating to the brigades, battalions and detachments.









Mechanism of giving the payment from the Bayt al-Mal:

. The fighting brother or unit must submit a request to the direct amir or administrative official, with the target that has been achieved in the battle or the expedition, while offering the evidence to prove it from witnesses or photography.

. The direct amir must be sure of the truthfulness of the request and the witnesses and certify it, and he is to give a certified copy to the person making the request, while referring a detailed report to the general administrative official in the battalion/brigade/division, on the basis that the requests should be brought together every 10 days and submitted to the Bayt al-Mal so that they can be disbursed to the fighters. And if the lack of truthfulness of the request is established, the matter is to be referred to the military judiciary.

. And the Bayt al-Mal is authorised by any other means [to transfer the disbursements] provided it should be quicker than this means.

. For the amirs (amir of the division and below): for each amir there is to be a deduction of 1% of the payment granted to the fighters who are under his amirship. An example of that:

. The support unit has launched 10 projectiles, 5 of which hit the target. So it is to be given 5 silver dirhams from which there is to be the following deductions:

. 1% for the amir of the detachment.
. 1% for the amir of the general support.
. 1% for the amir of the division.
. So 97% goes to the detachment.

A brother has blown up a Hummer vehicle with a land time through connection with a wire or control device at a distance:

. 1% for the amir of the detachment.
. 1% for the amir of the squadron.
. 1% for the amir of the platoon.
. 1% for the amir of the battalion.
. 1% for the amir of the brigade.
. 1% for the amir of the division.
. So 94% goes to the fighting brother.

If these brothers are his amirs.

. If the brother is killed after submitting the request and referring it to the Bayt al-Mal, the payment is to be disbursed to his family. As for if he is killed during the battle, his reward falls upon God.

And may God reward you best.

Notes:

1. This system of payment is to be effective from date 1 Dhu al-Hijja 1437 AH and for a period of 3 months.
2. It must be circulated to all the soldiers in the battalions, brigades and divisions.

Islamic State
Delegated Committee.


[Comment: In this document we get an idea of the Islamic State’s conventional military structures. From smallest to largest, these are: detachment (mafraza), platoon (faseel), squadron (sarya), battalion (katiba), brigade (liwa) and division (farqa). In addition, this document confirms that Islamic State approved use of chemical weapons against its adversaries].

An Analysis of the Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed Military Database

Introduction

It is with great pleasure that I commence this project of the Islamic State Archives in collaboration with Aaron Zelin by presenting an internal database of military personnel for the Islamic State’s southern Syria affiliate Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed (“The Army of Khalid bin al-Waleed”- JKBW).

As an introduction for readers, JKBW was formed in May 2016 as a merger between three Syrian jihadi groups: Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk (“The Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade”), Harakat al-Muthanna al-Islamiya (“The Islamic al-Muthanna Movement”) and Jama’at al-Mujahideen (“The Group of Mujahideen”). The “Khalid bin al-Waleed” aspect of JKBW’s name refers to the Muslim conqueror Khalid bin al-Waleed, who defeated the Byzantines at the Battle of the Yarmouk, a key engagement that resulted in the Muslim conquest of the Levant in the 7th century CE.

The group’s name becomes understandable when one notes that the formation of JKBW took place in the Yarmouk Basin region in the southwest corner of the southern Syrian province of Deraa. The Israeli-occupied Golan Heights lies to the west of the region while Jordan lies to the south. For convenience, a map of the area is produced below.

The Yarmouk Basin region and its environs

For close followers of Islamic State propaganda output, the links between JKBW and the Islamic State were clear. JKBW propaganda showed similar high quality output, themes and language as Islamic State propaganda, and channels disseminating Islamic State material would readily reproduce JKBW output. In the final weeks of JKBW’s existence in summer 2018, the entity publicly took on the name of Wilayat Hawran (“Hawran province,” referring to the Hawran region of greater southern Syria).

Through most of JKBW’s existence, the group was at war with the Syrian rebels who controlled the Deraa countryside adjacent to its territory. As an Islamic State affiliate, JKBW echoed the Islamic State line in describing the rebels as “apostate Sahwa” (a reference to the Sahwa phenomenon of Sunni tribesmen who fought the Islamic State of Iraq when the U.S. occupied Iraq). However, the war between JKBW and the rebels was a stalemate. On two occasions, JKBW made noteworthy territorial gains against the rebels. In February 2017, JKBW seized the towns of Sahm al-Jowlan and Taseel. In July 2018, the group seized the town of Heet, which it had long besieged. That gain proved to be short-lived though, as a Syrian government offensive on areas out of its control in southern Syria finally turned its attention to the Yarmouk Basin. By August 2018, the JKBW enclave had collapsed completely, as the Syrian government had the overwhelming advantage of firepower and manpower, recruiting some former rebels to fight JKBW.

The Military Database

So why start this project on the Islamic State with an item on JKBW? Quite simply, on account of the uniqueness of the material. Those who study jihadi groups deal with a number of vexing questions, such as:

– How many fighters/members does a particular group have?
– From where do the fighters/members come?
– How do salaries and matters of finance work?

The material presented here can provide significant insight into all of these questions regarding JKBW. In short, the database presented is a list of all military personnel for JKBW in the month of Dhu al-Q’ida of the year 1438 AH (an Islamic calendar dating, corresponding approximately to the period of 24 July-22 August 2017).

This database was obtained from a source who attained a high-rank position in the JKBW but was in fact an infiltrator (for which side exactly I will not disclose). The database contains entries for 516 personnel, listed with the following details:

– Military ID number
– Nickname (kunya/laqab)
– Number of wives
– Number of children
– Allocation of food expenses
– Number of dependent parents
– Number of dependent siblings
– Total salary (kifala)
– Rent subsidy
– Any other notes

In the first instance, it makes sense to explain how the salary scheme (reckoned on a monthly basis) works in the database. The scheme in the database as follows:

– The basic rate- that is, for an unmarried fighter with no dependent parents or siblings- is $40.

– For each wife the fighter had, an extra $40.

– For each child, an extra $28.

– For each dependent parent, an extra $40.

– For each dependent sibling, an extra $28.

– Allocations for food expenses (that is, money spent on kitchens to provide meals for fighters, at a fixed rate of $37 per fighter) are not included as part of the salary.

– Rent subsidies (that is, for fighters renting out homes from the local population, as opposed to those living in confiscated property registered with the JKBW real estate office) are not included as part of the salary.

In determining salaries, no distinction was made between e.g. tank personnel and artillery personnel. The same salary scheme was applied to all. It should be noted that JKBW would have followed the salary scheme applied to personnel in the Islamic State’s formal ‘provinces’ elsewhere in Iraq and Syria. From Islamic State records from those areas that I have posted, one might have noticed the salary scheme was higher, such as a basic rate of $50, an extra $50 per wife and an extra $35 per child. The discrepancy between those data and this database is easily explained though: as the pressures on the Islamic State grew, salaries for personnel were cut. Here then, we have a useful snapshot of how the Islamic State was impacted financially as it lost territory and suffered more and more defeats at the hands of its enemies.

Other Islamic State records indicate that salary calculations were also determined by whether a member owned sabaya (female captives/concubines/sex slaves) and whether those sabaya had children. This does not appear in the JKBW military database, indicating that the phenomenon of sabaya did not exist in JKBW areas, though that is not a testament to JKBW benevolence. It is simply that there were no women eligible to be taken as sabaya in its areas (e.g. Yezidi women).

Next, the issue of number of fighters and types of fighters. The database primarily divides military personnel by geographic sector. All of the areas in the database were frontline zones against the rebels at the time:

– Ain Dhikr, the northwest edge of JKBW’s holdings.
– Taseel, the northeast edge of JKBW’s holdings.
– al-Qusayr, to the southwest of rebel-held Heet.
– Sahm al-Jowlan, to the northeast of Heet.
– Jalin, the eastern edge of JKBW’s holdings.

For the other military personnel categories, most are self-explanatory (e.g. artillery squadron, tanks squadron, fortifications squadron and engineering). The following require some explanation:

– Special assignments/assignments squadron: personnel to be used in battles. As has been commonplace in much of the Syrian civil war, much ‘fighting’ takes the form of ribat (“frontline manning”) and so most of the personnel listed in the various geographic sectors of this database would be known as murabiteen.

– Madhadat: personnel using weapons to fire on and neutralize enemy vehicles.

– Operations: personnel dealing with communications equipment (particularly wireless devices)

– Special assignments (borders): personnel tasked with guarding the borders of the JKBW enclave with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Jordan.

– Mutasayyibeen: personnel placed under monitoring for misconduct and suspended from their positions (hence no salary allocations etc. to them). They could be subjected to Shari’i courses, imprisonment and formal expulsion from JKBW.

Naturally, this database does not include JKBW personnel engaged in various non-military functions, such as:

– Education

– Hisba (‘commanding virtue and forbidding vice’ apparatus)

– Security personnel (both ‘internal’ and ‘external’, the latter conducting operations against the enemy in the heart of its territory)

– Zakat (alms taxation)

– Media production

People could of course transfer from a non-military to a military role and vice versa.

As noted earlier, the question of ‘how many fighters/members does a group have?’ is a notoriously difficult one. Lack of independent reporting on the ground, together with limited knowledge of the day-to-day functions of these groups, impedes the task of reliable estimates. Look, for example, at how inaccurate estimates of the numbers of Islamic State personnel and their families were inside the tiny Baghuz enclave in eastern Syria that recently fell to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces.

In contrast, in this database we have a concrete number of JKBW military personnel at a given point in time (516 personnel, of whom 12 are mutasayyibeen). Based on these data, while reasonably assuming a 50-50 split between military and non-military functions and accounting for battlefield losses and new recruitment, it is fair to conclude that at the group’s peak, the total number of JKBW members approximately fluctuated between 800 and 1000. It is highly unlikely that the number of JKBW personnel ever went well beyond 1000.

The final question to consider is the nature of the composition of JKBW’s ranks. The database lists personnel according to nicknames. Many of these nicknames are according to apparent place of origin. The most recurring places in nicknames (in no particular order) appear to be Koaiya (/Koayia), Inkhil, Jamla, Abideen, al-Sheikh Sa’ad, al-Shajra and Nafi’a.

Of these places, al-Sheikh Sa’ad, Koaiya, Jamla, Abideen, Nafi’a and al-Shajra do not come as a surprise. al-Sheikh Sa’ad was once a base for Harakat al-Muthanna al-Islamiya, prior to the routing of the group from the area by the rebels and its retreat into the Yarmouk Basin area controlled by Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk in spring 2016. The other five villages were all originally controlled by Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk and constituted the core of JKBW territory on its foundation in 2016. Some clans and families from these places have been associated with JKBW: namely, the al-Baridi clan of Jamla that formed a foundation for Liwa Shuhada’ al-Yarmouk, the al-Ja’ouni clan of al-Shajra, the al-Ashawasha family of the al-Sababiha clan of Koaiya, and the al-Masri clan of Abideen.

The association of particular clans and families with JKBW has had ramifications in the aftermath of JKBW’s defeat. This has most notably been the case in Jamla, where members of the al-Samuri clan (often perceived to be supporters of the Syrian government) perceive the al-Baridi clan to be responsible for the rise of the Islamic State in the Yarmouk Basin.

However, one should avoid thinking about JKBW solely in terms of clans and tribes. For example, one can also find Baridis and Ja’ounis who opposed JKBW and/or had nothing to do with the group. A few Samuris became involved in JKBW. Interestingly, the former head of the Deraa provincial council- Hani al-Hamdan- is from Koaiya.

It may strike the reader as more surprising that there are many JKBW members from Inkhil, a north Deraa town well outside JKBW’s zone of control. One would often hear on an anecdotal level that many people from Inkhil had joined JKBW. In fact, at the time this database was produced, the amir of JKBW was from Inkhil (Abu Tayyim Inkhil).

Besides Inkhil, other recurring place names from outside JKBW’s zone of control include Nasiriya (Quneitra/west Deraa), Qarqas (Quneitra), Tel Shihab (names in the form of Tel/al-Tellawi and Tel Shihab) and Qita (a village to the west of al-Sanamayn in north Deraa countryside).

Some of the kunyas appear to suggest the presence of non-Syrians in the ranks of JKBW, but rather amusingly, they turn out to be misleading. For example, Abu Hamza al-Almani (“Abu Hamza the German”) was not in fact German but actually from the Deraa town of Ibta’ and married to a woman from Koaiya. He took the nickname al-Almani because of his seemingly Germanic physical features. Similarly, Abu Ruqayya al-Malizi (“Abu Ruqayya the Malaysian”) was not from Malaysia but the Deraa town of Da’el. Abu Omar al-Sini (“Abu Omar the Chinese”) was not from China but the Deraa town of al-Sheikh Maskeen.

Other nicknames take after weapons: thus Hawin means ‘mortar’, Kornet refers to the Kornet missile and another calls himself after the Howitzer. Perhaps the funniest name in the whole database is Abu Shadi Kola. I have heard from a friend from the Yarmouk Basin village of Ma’ariya that Abu Shadi Kola was originally from Quneitra, and that the name derives from the fact that he used to distribute cola drinks to shops.

On a personal level, I am familiar with some of the names that appear on this list. Abu al-Muthanna Taseel, for example, is the notorious Marwan Zain al-Abideen, who appeared as “Abu al-Muthanna al-Ansari” in an official JKBW video on reform of the education system. Abu Hazim Tawheed in the arming office sector is Abu Bakr al-Hazim, originally from Quneitra. I communicated with him multiple times via Facebook. He was killed in August 2017. Others I recognize from Facebook include Abu Uday Inkhil, Abu Qasim al-Inkhili and Abu Qays Sahm.

The database of course has its limitations in talking about the exact composition of the group’s ranks. For the lack of other sources, it will not be possible to track the life stories and real names of many of these personnel. There are other details missing such as the ages of the personnel.