The eminent Romain Caillet alerted me to this tweet containing a rather interesting video. It shows Abu Iyad al-Tunisi, the leader of Ansar al-Shari’a in Tunisia (AST), at the vigil of Muhammad al-Zahawi, the late leader of Ansar al-Shari’a in Libya (ASL). The video is politically significant because it confirms that AST has close links to ASL, and that by extension, AST has close links with al-Qaida, something that AST has been loathe to officially recognize.
From a cultural point of view, the video also is interesting because it shows an aspect of Islamist funerary practices that is not captured very often on camera.
Video of a guy singing a nashid (“Sanakhudu ma’arikna”) over a loudspeaker in Central Moscow.
Here’s the text of the accompanying tweet:
“@Mutafailun_: Russian army were recruiting in the city center of Moscow. Chechen ikhwa took over the mic & sang the iconic Nasheed”
“A day in the life of”-style video about an Algerian and a Syrian fighter in Jabhat al-Nusra
IS call and repeat session with blue headbands
Here’s a compilation of six anashid sessions with Jabhat al-Nusra fighters after the recent capture of Abu Zuhur airbase. It’s a great example of anashid used to taunt and mock enemies – in this case the Assad regime and especially Islamic State. They really give it to IS here, especially in scenes 4 and 6.
Jabhat al-Nusra fighters singing to celebrate the capture of Abu Zuhur military airport
Poetry recitation in IS unit, Ninawa province