Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Formation of Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and Wider Tensions in Syria's Insurgency

February 22, 2017  •  CTC Sentinel

Abstract: Late January 2017 saw a significant realignment of rebel and jihadi factions in Syria. Following aggressive moves by al-Qa'ida-aligned Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, a number of rebel groups sought protection under Ahrar al-Sham. In response, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham and its main allies announced the formation of a new umbrella group, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, headed by the leader of a hardline former faction of Ahrar al-Sham. If the lines between the two blocs harden, a confrontation between them could further weaken the rebel position in Syria.

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Further Response to Roy Gutman: Balancing the Picture

February 13, 2017  •  Syria Comment

In his reply to my comments on his recent piece for The Nation, Roy Gutman takes exception to my supposed challenge to his "professional integrity." I should thus begin by emphasizing that I did not intend my piece to be calling professional integrity into doubt: opinions and definitions may differ, but for me doubts about professional integrity would only be an issue if I were accusing him of outright invention, deliberate and malicious manipulation of evidence or something similar. It is not my contention that he engages in any of these things, and such accusations must always be carefully considered before being put forward. Rather, a bias for a particular side, while problematic, need not have malevolent intent behind it. Bias can arise innocently and unconsciously. It can be driven, for example, by honest empathy and anger about the sufferings of civilians at the hands of a particular group or side.

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A Response to Roy Gutman's "Have the Syrian Kurds Committed War Crimes?"

February 11, 2017  •  Syria Comment

A recent article in The Nation by Roy Gutman has generated considerable controversy, as the article attempts to highlight what it portrays as the more unsavoury and neglected aspects of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)- the main Kurdish faction operating in Syria and linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)- and its armed wing the People's Protection Units (YPG), which constitute the majority of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) coalition.

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Sample Structure of an Islamic State Training Camp

February 8, 2017 at 1:07 pm

The previous post for Jihadology discussed life in the Islamic State training camps through looking at the terms of an IS training camp contract in a sample document from the pre-Caliphate era. This post serves as a companion follow-up in examining what the structure of an IS training camp might look like, using another document obtained amid the Turkish-backed 'Euphrates Shield' Syrian rebel operations against IS that currently aim to drive out IS from the north Aleppo city stronghold of al-Bab.

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The Archivist: Unseen Islamic State Training Camp Contract

February 4, 2017  •  Jihadology

The management of training camps for the Islamic State (IS) falls under an administrative body called Idarat al-Mu'askarat ("Camps Administration"). This body will naturally be linked to the Diwan al-Jund ("Department of Soldiers"), one of a series of diwans drawn up and established for the declaration of the Caliphate.

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