Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Sochi Conference and Afrin: Interview with Mihrac Ural

February 8, 2018 at 4:35 pm

Readers will probably remember that I previously spoke with Mihrac Ural (Ali Kayali) when I profiled his group the Syrian Resistance (aka The Popular Front for the Liberation of the Sanjak of Alexandretta) back in 2013. Repeated claims by the rebels to have killed him have turned out to be unsubstantiated. Ural has most recently come to public attention through his attendance of the conference in Sochi sponsored by the Russian government, aiming to cement a Russian-led political process in Syria and the Damascus government's ascendant position. Ural's attendance attracted considerable anger from the Turkish government, which considers him to be a terrorist.

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"Oh Hearts of Iron"- Nasheed from Islamic State's Ajnad Media

February 3, 2018 at 6:10 pm

A nasheed released only today by Ajnad Media. Generic in content. My translation below.

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"The Banner of Tawheed"- Nasheed from Islamic State's Ajnad Media

February 3, 2018 at 3:09 pm

This nasheed from the Islamic State's Ajnad Media was released last month. Its title concerns the banner of 'Tawheed' ('monotheism': i.e. referring to the Islamic State's flag in this case) and is very generic in terms of its contents. My translation below.

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Afrin Operations: Interview with a Kurdish Activist of the Shami Front

February 2, 2018 at 6:59 am

The Syrian rebel-held pocket of north Aleppo countryside that is located between Azaz and Jarabulus and backed by a Turkish military presence contains many villages with Kurdish populations. A current list of these villages- including those with mixed populations (i.e. a considerable proportion or even majority of Arabs and/or Turkmen)-is provided below. The number of families has not been ascertained for all of these villages, and in cases where a number has not been determined, there is no entry for that column in the table. Some specific cases could also be disputed (e.g. Qabasin, located near al-Bab city, could perhaps be described as 'mixed' in composition rather than Kurdish). Nonetheless, the list illustrates the general point about a substantial distribution of Kurds throughout this 'Euphrates Shield' zone. Any additional notes of my own are in square brackets.

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Inquiring About A Role In Suicide Bombings Via WhatsApp

January 30, 2018 at 10:25 am

Procedures for carrying out a suicide bombing are not necessarily as simple as being willing to strap oneself with explosives or drive an explosive-rigged vehicle and then plunge into the enemy ranks. There is often also some bureaucracy behind the process, as has been attested in the case of the Islamic State. This point similarly applies to the Syrian jihadist group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (Liberation of al-Sham Commission: HTS), a successor to Jabhat al-Nusra, which was Syria's official al-Qaeda affiliate.

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