Original Map: South Sinjar and Albu Mutaywit tribal areas

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Map created by myself showing the south Sinjar region with an approximation of the areas inhabited by the Sunni Arab tribe of Albu Mutaywit, first published on 12 December 2015 with the inaugural post for Jazirology (full size). My main sources for this area are the lists of villages given in these two forum posts, cross-checked with publicly-available online map resources and, in a few cases, with geographical coordinates found in cables from the WikiLeaks Iraq War Diaries collection.

This should not be taken to mean that every single human living in this area is of Albu Mutaywit (although very many certainly are), and I will note that I am somewhat unsure of the actual extent of the southern and northeastern “appendages” due to generally poor map coverage of the area; it’s entirely possible that some aspect or another of this rendering is erroneous.

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Original Map: YPG operation for Jaz’ah, February 2014

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Map created by myself showing the YPG operation to capture the small town of Jaz’ah from radical islamists (ISIS) in mid-February 2014; see this excellent post by @r3sho (DozaMe.org) for further information and analysis. First published on Twitter on 24 February. Thanks as always to @Avashin for all the help!

(minor correction: disregard the small red X icon to the left of the key)

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Original Maps: YPG Operation against Tal Hamis, late December 2013 to early January 2014

Maps created by myself showing the “high-water mark” of the YPG offensive against radical Islamist groups south of Qamishli from the night of 26 December 2013 until around 7 January 2014, when YPG leadership announced the operation’s official termination following rebel counterattacks (for an insightful analysis of what may have happened, I recommend this post by @r3sho). First published on Twitter on 17 January. Once again, many thanks to @Avashin for providing invaluable field reports and fact-checking.

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Original Map: YPG–Islamist Clashes between Atimah and Jindires, early October 2013

Map created by myself showing YPG operations against ISIS/al-Qa’ida and other Islamist rebels in the vicinity of Atimah in late September–early October 2013. First published on Twitter on 1 October (my first original battle map!), uploading here for easy access.

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Original Map: ISIS–FSA Clashes in Raqqa Province, October 2013

Map created by myself showing clashes between ISIS (al-Qa’ida) and “FSA” tribal fighters in central Raqqa Province in early-mid October 2013. First published on Twitter on 11 October, uploading here for easy access.

Note: @HMezgin is now @Avashin

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Original Map: YPG Offensive in Ras al-‘Ayn–Tal Tamr Area, early November 2013

Map created by myself showing the “Revolutionary Operation Dedicated to the Martyrs of Serêkaniyê” conducted by the YPG in early November 2013. First published on Twitter on 6 November, uploading here for easy access.

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Original Map: YPG Offensive in Tal Tamr–Hasakah area, late November 2013

Original Map: YPG Offensive in Tal Tamr–Hasakah area, late November 2013

Map created by myself showing the progression of last week’s “Revolutionary Operation of Revenge for the Martyrs of Tal Tamr” conducted by the YPG against rebel groups in western Hasakah province. First published on Twitter on 2 December.

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