Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Saraya Al-Tawheed: A Pro-Assad Druze Militia in Lebanon and Syria

December 5, 2016  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Saraya al-Tawheed. In the centre is the symbol of the Hizb al-Tawhid al-Arabi ("Arab Unity Party"), the political wing of Saraya al-Tawheed.

The involvement of the Arab Unity Party- primarily supported by Lebanese Druze opposed to Walid Jumblatt- and its leader Wi'am Wahhab in the Syrian civil war has long been known, as Wahhab and his party have played a role in organizing forces in support of the Assad regime among Syrian Druze. Indeed, the Arab Unity Party has openly identified a militia called the Ammar bin Yasir Battalion as its affiliate operating in Syria, claiming 'martyrs' on fighting fronts in both Suwayda' and Quneitra provinces as part of efforts to defend Druze areas.

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review of The Internationalization of ISIS: The Muslim State in Iraq and Syria

Winter 2017  •  Middle East Quarterly

Israeli's book reads more like an attempt to cash in on interest in the Islamic State than a serious investigation into the phenomenon. Besides being a re-articulation of the author's own prejudices (e.g., there is no such thing as "moderate Islam"), much of the book comprises rambling disquisitions that provide no insight into the Islamic State; long paraphrases of single articles written and published by others; precious little by way of citations to support his arguments, and virtually no engagement of primary sources in Arabic.

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Kata'ib Humat al-Diyar: A Prominent Loyalist Militia in Suwayda'

November 26, 2016  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Kata'ib Humat al-Diyar, featuring Syria as the main part of the emblem and the group's name beneath it.

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Dar al-Qada statement in Jabal al-Summaq: Translation & Analysis

November 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm

The Dar al-Qada ('Abode of Judges') serves as the de facto judicial branch of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra, Syria's official al-Qa'ida wing), whatever claims might be made of its supposed independence. Though the Dar al-Qada operates in certain areas where it enjoys wider backing (e.g. Hureitan in north Aleppo countryside), it primarily exists in strongholds of Jabhat Fatah al-Sham like Salqin in north Idlib countryside, which is the branch that issued the statement under consideration here.

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Governance in Islamic State Provinces Beyond Iraq and Syria

November 2016  •  Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Following is a prepared statement delivered for a Washington Institute for Near East Policy conference on the Islamic State beyond Iraq and Syria in June 2016:

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