Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Think-Tanks Bark and the IRGC Moves On

July 13, 2018  •  Syria Comment

Discussions of U.S. policy on Syria mostly revolve around two things: counter-terrorism (i.e. combating the Islamic State and other Sunni jihadist groups) and counter-Iran, the latter of which has gained much more prominence since the Trump administration came to power.

Proposals on the counter-Iran angle from many think-tanks largely focus on a policy of containment and/or hurting Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria. At the most ambitious, the policy aim is set at removing the IRGC entirely from Syria, which is similar to Israel's demands on the matter.

Policy recommendations that come about within these frameworks include:

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The Southern Campaign: Interview with the Tiger Forces' Taha Regiment

July 7, 2018 at 8:26 am

As part of the Syrian government's campaign to retake southern Syria in its entirety, Suhail al-Hassan's Tiger Forces, affiliated with the air intelligence, have emerged as a leading participant in the campaign, focusing on the east Deraa countryside front. One of the Tiger Forces units involved in the southern campaign is the Taha Regiment. This group is more fully known as "Taha Regiment- Assault," indicating its role as an assault force for the Tiger Forces. I conducted an interview with a media representative for the Taha Regiment regarding the group and the situation in the south. The interview was conducted overnight on 6-7 July 2018. The transcript is below, with any insertions for clarity in square brackets.

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Liwa Ashbal al-Hussein: Homs Local Defence Forces Affiliate

July 2, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Previous posts have explored affiliates of the Iranian-backed Local Defence Forces (LDF) like Saraya al-Ra'ad (Idlib sector) and Saraya al-Muqawama (Latakia/coastal sector). Liwa Ashbal al-Hussein is another LDF affiliate but belongs to the LDF's Homs sector.

Liwa Ashbal al-Hussein was set up around a year ago, through bringing together a contingent led by al-Hajj Abu al-Ayham with other contingents. The formation of the brigade, which is led by al-Hajj Abu al-Ayham, has led to additional recruitment. Members of Liwa Ashbal al-Hussein are said to originate from all the Syrian provinces (a standard talking point among auxiliary groups), but in particular they come from the Homs and Sahel [coastal] areas.

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Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed on Relations With Other Factions: Translation and Analysis

July 1, 2018 at 11:12 am

The current military campaign of the Syrian government to recapture southern Syria has raised serious questions regarding how the rebel factions and Islamic State affiliate Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed (JKBW) should respond. After all, like the southern rebels, most members of JKBW are from the wider Hawran area. Indeed, many members come from places in Hawran outside the Yarmouk Basin (which is controlled by JKBW) like Inkhil. By one estimate from a source from Inkhil, some 150-200 people from Inkhil have joined Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed.

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Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed Call for Migration: Translation and Analysis

June 29, 2018 at 11:45 am

The Syrian government's ongoing campaign to regain control of Deraa and Quneitra has led to the displacement of tens of thousands of people. Of those who have been displaced, some have taken refuge in the Yarmouk Basin enclave of the Islamic State affiliate Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed (JKBW). For example, some people recently arrived in the Yarmouk Basin locality of Nafi'a, fleeing the rebel-held town of Nawa that has been hit by airstrikes. Note that JKBW's zone of control is still separated from the frontlines with the Syrian government and its allies by the rebel-held areas in the south.

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