Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Reconciliations: The Case of al-Sanamayn in North Deraa

April 27, 2017  •  Syria Comment


Photo from al-Sanamayn, April 2017.

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Al-Ghalibun: Inside Story of a Syrian Hezbollah Group

April 16, 2017 at 4:28 pm

The rise of multiple militia factions in Syria that come under the mantra of 'Syrian Hezbollah' is now a well-established aspect of the conflict. The most well-known of these groups is Quwat al-Ridha whose origins lie in the Homs area. One problem in researching these groups is the difficulty in obtaining much concrete information about them, with a general reluctance on the part of their members and leaders to talk to outsiders.

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Katibat Dir' al-Watan: New Sub-Unit of the Fifth Legion

April 13, 2017  •  Syria Comment

Emblem of Katibat Dir' al-Watan. On top: Dir' al-Watan. On bottom: "The Special Force." Note the Russian and Syrian flags in the emblem's centre. Note also the cedar of Lebanon on the bottom of the emblem.

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Myths, militias, and the future of Syria

April 12, 2017  •  Aswaat (King's College London)

As the Syrian civil war enters its seventh year, it is increasingly clear that analysts will have to pay greater attention to the internal dynamics of the Bashar al-Assad regime, which now has a clear edge over the Syrian opposition following the conquest of Aleppo in December 2016.

That advantage is certain to be consolidated as the remaining insurgent strongholds in the wider Damascus area, most notably East Ghouta, are cleared out, having been weakened significantly by infighting and siege warfare.

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US strikes in Syria: This isn't regime change (but it might be)

April 7, 2017  •  Middle East Eye

"The American strike is the beginning of the procedures to remove Assad and bring him to trial." So wrote Abd al-Majid Sharif, head of an opposition-backed local council in northern Idlib, in response to the US Tomahawk cruise missile strikes on the Shayrat airbase of the Syrian regime, which killed at least six Syrian military personnel.

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