Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Hashd Formations of Iraq: Interview with Harakat Ahrar al-Iraq

There are dozens of formations on the registers of the Hashd Sha'abi Commission. One of them is the military wing of Harakat Ahrar al-Iraq ('Movement of the Free Men of Iraq'), which is itself linked to the Mufti of Iraq Mahdi al-Sumaida'ie and his Dar al-Iftaa' al-Iraqiya (a Sunni religious body). To discuss the history of Harakat Ahrar al-Iraq and its military wing, I interviewed Anas Mahdi al-Sumaida'ie, who is the secretary general of Harakat Ahrar al-Iraq.

Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, January 18, 2019 12:32 PM  |  Permalink

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham: Interview

Update [10 January 2019]:

This interview has been removed at the request of the interviewee. For more information please contact the author.

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, January 10, 2019 10:56 AM  |  Permalink

Iraqis in Hezbollah: Interview

It is well known that there are Iraqi groups that bear the brand name of Hezbollah (e.g. Kata'ib Hezbollah). More obscure is the recruitment of Iraqis into Hezbollah itself. Below is an interview I did with Abu Kayan, who heads the Fawj al-Tadakhkhul al-Sari' (Rapid Intervention Regiment), a group of Iraqi fighters affiliated with Hezbollah. This Rapid Intervention Regiment is not to be confused with an Iraqi-led group of the same name that was founded in Damascus and has ceased to operate, with its members having gone a variety of ways. Prior to joining Hezbollah in 2013, Abu Kayan was affiliated with the Iraqi group Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada', which first became known to the outside world for its intervention in Syria. With his affiliation to Hezbollah, Abu Kayan has participated in operations in both Iraq and Syria.

The interview was conducted on 7 January 2019. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Wed, January 9, 2019 2:08 PM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع مقاتل عراقي من مرتبات المقاومة الإسلامية (حزب الله)

تطوع بعض الشباب العراقيين في صفوف المقاومة الإسلامية (حزب الله) وقاتلوا في سوريا. وكان لي الشرف ان أجري مقابلة في الفترة الاخيرة مع أبي كيان وهو قائد فوج التدخل السريع والذي يتبع لحزب الله ويتكون من شباب عراقيين. إنضم أبو كيان إلى حزب الله عام ٢٠١٣ ويتنقل بين سوريا والعراق.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Wed, January 9, 2019 7:33 AM  |  Permalink

Turki Binali's Critique of The 'Theory of Balance': Translation and Analysis

Turki Binali, a Bahraini cleric and one of the most well-known Islamic State scholars, was regarded as representing a more 'moderate' trend in the organization that was wary of the influence of 'extremists' in concepts like takfir (declaring people to be disbelievers: more controversial when applied to those who profess affiliation with Islam).

This leaked letter Binali wrote in January 2017 as head of the Maktab al-Buhuth wa al-Dirasat (Research and Studies Office) to Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reflects the scholar's dislike of the 'extremists' and his concern about their influence in the Islamic State.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, January 8, 2019 8:06 PM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع الحاج حسين جعفر من درع الوطن

يوم رأس السنة أجريت مقابلة مع الحاج حسين جعفر وهو نائب قائد درع الوطن التابع للفيلق الخامس إقتحام. الجدير بالذكر ان الفيلق الخامس هو مدعوم من قبل الجانب الروسي ومقر درع الوطن هو في قرية زيتا بريف حمص على الحدود مع لبنان. وناشقنا الوضع العام في سوريا والتوقعات هذه السنة.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Sun, January 6, 2019 12:38 PM  |  Permalink

Interview with al-Hajj Hussein Ja'afar of Dir' al-Watan

On multiple occasions I have written about the Russian-backed, V Corps-affiliated Dir' al-Watan whose main base is in the village of Zeita on the border with Lebanon in Homs countryside. On 1 January 2019, I interviewed al-Hajj Hussein Ja'afar, who is from al-Qasr in Lebanon. He is the deputy leader of Dir' al-Watan and brother of al-Hajj Muhammad Ja'afar, who leads Dir' al-Watan.

Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sun, January 6, 2019 12:15 PM  |  Permalink

إعادة الإعمار في سوريا: مقابلة مع جهاد البناء

مع إنتهاء العمليات العسكرية في مناطق كثيرة طبعاً أصبحت مسألة إعادة الإعمار مهمة جداً. ومؤسسة جهاد البناء هي من المنظمات التي تقوم بأعمال إعادة الإعمار إضافة إلى نشاطات أخرى مثل رعاية عوائل الشهداء. ونشرت مؤسسة جهاد البناء مؤخراً صوراً من منطقة الحجيرة حيث تقوم بأعمال إعادة الإعمار هناك. وكان لي الشرف ان أجري مقابلة مع المكتب الإعلامي لمؤسسة جهاد البناء في دمشق حيث ناقشنا نشاطات المؤسسة وإنجازاتها.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Fri, January 4, 2019 9:53 PM  |  Permalink

Reconstruction in Syria: Interview with Jihad al-Bina'

With the end of military operations in many areas, one of the main issues is reconstruction. Who will finance and undertake rebuilding efforts? One organization engaging in some reconstruction and development efforts is Mu'assasat Jihad al-Bina' (Jihad of Development Foundation), which has advertised some of its recent works in the Hajera area adjacent to Sayyida Zainab. On 31 December 2018, I conducted an interview with the Damascus media office of Jihad al-Bina'. Below is the interview.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, January 4, 2019 9:45 PM  |  Permalink

Hurras al-Din's Statement of Condolences for Abu Julaybib and Companions: Translation and Analysis

Abu Julaybib (Iyad al-Toubasi) was a Jordanian jihadist who once served as a leading figure in the al-Qa'ida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra in southern Syria. During his time in southern Syria, he developed a notorious reputation for extremism and heavy-handedness and he was eventually transferred to the north of the country. When Jabhat al-Nusra rebranded as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham in July 2016 and presented itself as not affiliated with any 'external entity', Abu Julaybib rejected the move as al-Qa'ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had not given permission for it. From then on, he became known as one of the most prominent 'al-Qa'ida loyalists' in Syria, as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham became Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham in January 2017 and from that point was considered to have broken fully its ties with al-Qa'ida.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, January 1, 2019 5:19 PM  |  Permalink

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