Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham-al-Qaeda Dispute: Primary Texts (V)

December 14, 2017 at 8:49 am

For prior parts in this series:

Sami al-Oraidi's testimony.
Abd al-Rahim Atoun's testimony.
Abu al-Qassam al-Urduni's testimony.
Abu al-Harith al-Masri's testimony.

This post features a statement by one Abu Abdullah, identified as the external connection/communications official for al-Qaeda, and Abd al-Rahim Atoun's response to that statement. The debate concerns Abd al-Rahim Atoun's claims in his testimony regarding communication between al-Qaeda on one side and Jabhat al-Nusra and its successors on the other.

The texts are easy to follow and there is no need for summary. I reproduce them below with translation.

Abu Abdullah's comment on Abd al-Rahim Atoun's testimony

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The Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham-al-Qaeda Dispute: Primary Texts (IV)

December 13, 2017 at 8:07 am

The previous posts in this series explored the testimonies of Sami al-Oraidi, Abd al-Rahim Atoun and Abu al-Qassam al-Urduni. This post features the testimony of one Abu al-Harith al-Masri of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham. Abu al-Harith al-Masri has been identified in media as Osama Qasim, a figure involved on the Egyptian jihadi scene since the 1970s. Though it may seem as though this identification of Abu al-Harith al-Masri as Osama Qasim is only very recent, it was in fact reported much earlier in the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan in March 2017.

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After Islamic State, Middle East fissures will deepen

December 12, 2017  •  Oxford Analytica

Arabic press coverage after the defeat of Islamic State reflects governments' contrasting political concerns

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The Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham-al-Qaeda Dispute: Primary Texts (III)

December 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm

The previous parts of this series looked at the testimonies of Sami al-Oraidi and Abu Abdullah al-Shami(Abd al-Rahim Atoun). This testimony is a much shorter essay by Abu al-Qassam al-Urduni, once the deputy of Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi. This essay was posted on Oraidi's Telegram channel in October 2017 and is a response to Atoun's initially internal essay that was commenting on Zawahiri's speech: 'We will fight you until there is no more fitna.'

Unsurprisingly, Abu al-Qassam follows Oraidi's line and makes these key points:

. Correcting Atoun's characterization of the status of Sayf al-Adel and Abu Muhammad al-Masri (Zawahiri's two deputies present in Iran).

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The Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham-al-Qaeda Dispute: Primary Texts (II)

December 10, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The previous post in this series looked at the testimony of al-Qaeda 'loyalist' Sami al-Oraidi, who directed his criticisms at comments by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Abu Abdullah al-Shami (Abd al-Rahim Atoun) on the speech by Ayman al-Zawahiri entitled 'We will fight you until there is no more fitna' and released in October 2017. Atoun has responded to the criticisms by releasing a long post on his Telegram channel in two main parts.

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