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

December 6, 2017 at 9:01 am

What is the exact nature of the relationship between al-Qaeda and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)? HTS is a successor to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, the rebranded version of Jabhat al-Nusra that was announced in July 2016 with a purported dropping of ties to al-Qaeda. There has been continual debate over questions such as whether the shift to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham constituted a genuine breaking of ties, and whether there was agreement from the central leadership regarding the matter. Or did the shift to HTS constitute the real break of ties if any?

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review of Black Banners of ISIS: The Roots of the New Caliphate

December 1, 2017  •  Middle East Quarterly

Wasserstein, a medieval historian, explains key components of the Islamic State's (ISIS) ideology and many of the group's practices, mostly through the lens of early Islamic history, an approach that produces interesting insights.

For instance, he offers a detailed analysis of the Islamic State's proclamation of the caliphate in June 2014, explaining the significance of the caliphate in Islamic history and why ISIS placed such emphasis on citing Qur'anic proof texts. In addition, he provides useful context to the apocalyptic traditions surrounding the Aleppo province town of Dabiq, which featured prominently in ISIS propaganda.

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The Situation in Hadr: Interview with Ali al-'Awar

November 30, 2017 at 4:22 pm

Previously in coverage of events in the Mt. Hermon (Jabal al-Sheikh) area, I interviewed the leader of the Hermon Regiment affiliated with the military intelligence. I had noted that within the wider context of the government's attempts to retake Beit Jann and the remaining rebel strongholds of southwest Damascus countryside, rebel forces led by the jihadist group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham had launched an attack on Syrian government-held positions in the Hadr area in Quneitra.

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