Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Los Españoles en Las Unidades de Resistencia de Sinjar: Entrevista

Aunque parece que la mayoría de los miembros de las Unidades de Resistencia de Sinjar (conocidas también como las YBŞ a causa de su nombre en la lengua kurda) son yezidis iraquíes, hay extranjeros también en los rangos del grupo, incluso algunos occidentales. En general, he discutido el contingente extranjero del grupo que se representa en 'YBŞ International' con cuyo portavoz hice una entrevista a principios de este mes. No obstante, me interesaron también los españoles y los miembros hispanohablantes en las Unidades de Resistencia de Sinjar porque había oído algunos rumores de un periodista que le interesa la situación en Sinjar. Decidí que la mejor manera de investigar estos rumores era hacer una entrevista con un español en las Unidades de Resistencia de Sinjar. Por eso, he aquí una entrevista que hice hoy con un comandante español en las Unidades de Resistencia de Sinjar en torno a los españoles en el grupo.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sat, January 23, 2021 2:41 PM  |  Permalink

The Spaniards in the Sinjar Resistance Units: Interview

While the Sinjar Resistance Units (commonly known by the Kurdish abbreviation of the YBŞ) appears to consist primarily of Iraqi Yezidis, there are also foreigners in the group's ranks, including Westerners. On the general level, I have covered the foreign contingent of the group embodied in the YBŞ International, as I conducted an interview with the YBŞ International's spokesman earlier this month. However, I also became interested in the contingent of Spaniards and Spanish-speaking members of the Sinjar Resistance Units, as I had heard some rumours about them from a journalist who has an interest in the Sinjar area. I determined that the best way to investigate these rumours was to conduct an interview with a Spaniard in the Sinjar Resistance Units. Thus, below is an interview I conducted today with a Spanish commander in the Sinjar Resistance Units regarding the Spaniards in the group. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sat, January 23, 2021 11:30 AM  |  Permalink

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and Apostasy: Interview

I have previously discussed the jihadist trend in northwest Syria that believes Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (which is the dominant insurgent faction in the area) to be an apostate sect. This embodied in the writings of figures like 'Khayal al-Manhaj' and the operations carried out by the likes of the Abdullah bin Unais group. But there is also the Telegram channel called 'al-Nadhir al-Uryan' ('The Bare Warner') that believes Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham has fallen into apostasy but does not go so far as to pronounce takfir on the entire group. Note that this channel is not to be confused with another 'al-Nadhir al-Uryan' channel that has leaked many internal files of the Islamic State group (and is no longer active, as far as I can tell). It was this channel that published a tract by an individual using the name 'Abu Himam al-Shami.' When the tract first appeared, it was mistakingly attributed by some to the 'Abu Himam al-Shami' who is the overall leader of the al-Qa'ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din.

On 19 January 2021, I conducted an interview with the al-Nadhir al-Uryan channel for its view on the current situation in northwest Syria. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, January 21, 2021 2:45 PM  |  Permalink

هيئة تحرير الشام والردة: مقابلة

في فترة سابقة تناولت موضوع التيار الجهادي في شمال غرب سوريا والذي يعتقد ان هيئة تحرير الشام (الفصيل المسلح المتغلب في المنطقة) هي <<طائفة مرتدة>>. وهذا التيار متمثل في مقالات أمثال المفكر <<خيال المنهج>> والعمليات التي قامت بها الجماعات مثل جماعة عبد الله بن أنيس. ولكن هناك قناة على تلغرام تحت مسمى <<النذير العريان>> تعتقد ان الهيئة وقعت بالردة والكفر الا انها لا تكفر الهيئة. ومن الجدير بالذكر ان هذه القناة ليست قناة <<النذير العريان>> التي سربت ملفات من داخل جماعة الدولة الإسلامية و ليست موجودة على تلغرام حاليا حسب معرفتي. اما هذه القناة التي تعتقد ان الهيئة وقعت بالردة والكفر, فإنها نشرت مقالة بقلم شخص إسمه <<أبو همام الشامي>> وعندما ظهرت هذه المقالة نسبها البعض خطأ إلى أبي همام الشامي وهو أمير تنظيم حراس الدين الموالي لتنظيم القاعدة. فأكرر هنا ان المقالة التي ظهرت على قناة <<النذير العريان>> ليست بقلم أمير تنظيم حراس الدين وهذه القناة ليست القناة التي سربت ملفات جماعة الدولة.

وبتأريخ ١٩ كانون الثاني أجريت مقابلة مع قناة <<النذير العريان>> لكي نناقش الوضع العام في سوريا (منطقة إدلب وما حولها خاصة) وأسباب وقوع هيئة تحرير الشام بالردة والكفر.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Thu, January 21, 2021  |  Permalink

The Sinjar Resistance Units: Interview

Previously on this blog I featured an interview with the international wing of the Sinjar Resistance Units. The Sinjar Resistance Units are commonly known by the abbreviation of the YBŞ (the Kurdish abbreviation of the group's name). The Sinjar Resistance Units emerged in 2014 as a defence force for the Yezidi people in the Sinjar area when the Yezidis were subjected to attempted genocide by the Islamic State group. Recently I also got the opportunity to interview the general command of the Sinjar Resistance Units. In this interview we discussed the group's history, current responsibilities, relations with the Hashd Sha'abi, position on the Baghdad-Arbil agreement regarding the Sinjar area, and response to the widespread claims of affiliation with the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK). The interview is presented in full below. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Wed, January 20, 2021 5:59 PM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع القيادة العامة لوحدات مقاومة سنجار

لقد نشرت على هذه المدونة في فترة سابقة مقابلة مع الجناح الدولي لوحدات مقاومة سنجار. لعلم القارئ قامت وحدات مقاومة سنجار في عام ٢٠١٤ دفاعاً عن الشعب الإيزيدي في منطقة سنجار والذي تعرض لإبادة جماعية على أيادي داعش. وفي الفترة الأخيرة أجريت مقابلة مع القيادة العامة لوحدات مقاومة سنجار حيث ناقشنا تأريخ الوحدات والمسؤوليات الحالية والعلاقات مع الحشد الشعبي والموقف من الإتفاق بين بغداد وأربيل بخصوص منطقة سنجار والرد على الكلام الذي يدعي ان الوحدات تابعة لحزب العمال الكردستاني (البككة).

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Wed, January 20, 2021  |  Permalink

The Syrian Rebel Fighters and the Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Interview

The conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan last year over the Nagorno-Karabakh region and its environs resulted in a decisive victory for Azerbaijan, which recaptured substantial parts of the territory and its environs through military advances and then the concessions negotiated in a ceasefire agreement that was brokered by Russia in November 2020. The conflict would likely not have attracted the attention of many observers had it not been for Turkey's support for Azerbaijan and the controversies surrounding Turkey's deployments of Syrian rebel fighters who operate under the framework of the 'Syrian National Army' backed by Turkey.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sat, January 16, 2021 10:42 AM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع المجلس المحلي في بابسقا

بابسقا هي بلدة في منطقة جبل باريشا (ريف إدلب الشمالي) وفيها آثار قديمة كثيرة الا ان الوضع الخدمي والإنساني فيها سيء جداً. ومن أجل تسليط الضوء على هذا الموضوع أجريت مقابلة مع إعلام المجلس المحلي في بلدة بابسقا. تم إجراء هذه المقابلة بتأريخ ١٢ كانون الثاني عام ٢٠٢٠.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Fri, January 15, 2021 4:16 PM  |  Permalink

The Local Council in Babsiqa: Interview

Babsiqa is a locality in the Barisha Mountain area of north Idlib countryside. It has many archaeological remains but unfortunately the humanitarian and services situation in the locality is not good. To learn more about this situation, I conducted an interview with the media wing for the local council of Babsiqa. This interview was conducted on 12 January 2020. It is slightly edited and condensed for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, January 15, 2021 2:02 PM  |  Permalink

Happy Fifth Birthday U.S. Visa Application!

If the headline of this post strikes you as unusual, that is because this is indeed a strange topic to write about. But today actually marks the fifth anniversary of my U.S. visa application (visitor visa) that to this day remains 'refused,' apparently pending 'administrative processing.' So joyous is this occasion that I felt compelled to buy a chocolate cake to commemorate it. I would invite you, the dear reader, to participate in this occasion by having a slice of the cake (photographed below) but lockdown circumstances mean that there is no one to share it with in reality. I can only offer you a slice symbolically speaking via the Internet so that you may partake in the monstrous merriment of this feast day.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Wed, January 13, 2021 9:19 AM  |  Permalink

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