Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Situation in al-Suwayda': Interview

The province of al-Suwayda' in southern Syria has mostly remained under government control throughout the conflict, but many internal problems exist such as kidnappings and murders. A more overlooked question regarding al-Suwayda' province is the state of public services. This issue is the main focus of an interview I conducted with 'Meqdad al-Jabal', a media activist who identifies with the 'third-way' trend in the province but wishes to make clear that this interview (carried out on 13th August 2019) represents his opinions alone and not those of any other individuals or parties. As such, the interview answers are not to be considered as statements on behalf of anyone else.

Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sun, August 18, 2019 11:59 AM  |  Permalink

Some Guy in the Special Force: Interview

I have previously written about the Hezbollah-affiliated Special Force in Syria. On 16-17 August 2019, I interviewed a member of the Special Force to learn about his career in the Special Force and his perspective on the current situation in Syria. The interview is slightly condensed and edited for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sat, August 17, 2019 1:20 PM  |  Permalink

الوضع الحالي في الزبداني: مقابلة حصرية

تقع مدينة الزبداني في محافظة ريف دمشق على الحدود مع لبنان وعادت الدولة السورية إليها من زمان. للأسف صار هناك تزييف كثير في الإعلام العالمي عن الوضع في الزبداني فكتب بعض الاعلاميين مع اجندة طائفية انه تم تطهير المدينة من السكان الأصليين من اهل السنة وتمنع عودتهم إلى الزبداني على هذا الإساس.

وهذا الكلام بعيد عن الصحة وكذب طائفي. ولكي أسلط الضوء على هذا الموضوع بشكل موضوعي أجريت مقابلة مع احد سكان الزبداني في الفترة الأخيرة.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Fri, August 16, 2019 7:28 AM  |  Permalink

The Situation in Darayya: Interview

Darayya lies to the southwest of the centre of Damascus city and was subjected to extensive damage as a result of the war in Syria. Indeed, for a while after Darayya was fully recaptured by the Syrian government in August 2016, the area remained a military zone that could only be visited with a special permit.

The situation today is different as the Syrian government now fully controls the Damascus area. While some people have returned to Darayya, it is only a very small proportion of the number of inhabitants who lived in the area prior to the war. Indeed, restoration of any ordinary life is proceeding very slowly, to say the least.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, August 15, 2019 9:24 PM  |  Permalink

The Situation in al-Zabadani: Interview (II)

The previous post on the town of al-Zabadani that is located on the border with Lebanon stirred up many reactions. I am glad that this has been the case as debate is useful. Specifically, while no one disputed the point that al-Zabadani has not been resettled with Shi'a as many had previously speculated, there was criticism of the previous interviewee's testimony regarding the situation inside al-Zabadani, in that the testimony was seen as lacking detail and giving an overly rosy portrait.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, August 15, 2019 9:14 AM  |  Permalink

الوضع الحالي في داريا: مقابلة حصرية

تقع مدينة داريا الى جنوب غرب مركز مدينة دمشق واستعادت الحكومة السورية السيطرة على داريا في آب ٢٠١٦. للأسف تعرضت داريا لدمار كثير نتيجة عن الحرب فبعد انتهاء الحملة العسكرية بقيت داريا منطقة عسكرية وكانت زيارتها ممنوعة الا بترخيص خاص.

مع عودة كل منطقة دمشق الى الدولة السورية لم تعد داريا تكون منطقة عسكرية وبدأ بعض السكان الاصليين يعودون الى داريا ولكن العدد قليل جدا لحد الان وتسير الأمور بشكل بطيء جدا.

ولكي أسلط الضوء على الوضع الحالي في داريا كان لي الشرف ان اجري مقابلة حصرية مع عضو المكتب التنفيذي في مدينة داريا.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Thu, August 15, 2019  |  Permalink

The Situation in al-Zabadani: Interview

The locality of al-Zabadani, which is in Damascus countryside province and right on the border with Lebanon, came to global media attention in previous years when reports emerged of a 'Four Towns' deal. As part of this deal, evacuations of insurgents, their families and others from al-Zabadani and Madaya (then under siege) would be carried out in exchange for evacuations of civilians from the Idlib Shi'i villages of al-Fu'a and Kafariya, which were besieged by the insurgents. The deal was widely framed as part of a 'demographic re-engineering' of Syria, in which the Syria-Lebanon border areas would be cleared of Sunnis as per the supposed wishes of the Syrian government and Iran. It was thus speculated that places like al-Zabadani would be resettled with Shi'a.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, August 13, 2019 1:15 PM  |  Permalink

كتيبة الشهيد سمير رحال: مغاوير الفرقة الأولى والمقاومة في القلمون الغربي

لقد كتبت في فترة سابقة عن الكثير من التشكيلات الرديفة للجيش العربي السوري ولكنني اود ان أسلط الضوء اليوم على تشكيل مميز في منطقة القلمون الغربي. هذا التشكيل إسمه كتيبة الشهيد سمير رحال وانا اكتب هذه المقالة لمن لا يعرف تأريخ هذا التشكيل ومهامه الخاصة وتضحيات رجالها. إنهم مغاوير الجيش العربي السوري والمقاومة الإسلامية.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Mon, August 12, 2019 9:37 PM  |  Permalink

Katibat al-Shaheed Samir Rahal: Hezbollah and West Qalamoun

The Syrian civil war has seen the rise of a number of auxiliary forces for the Syrian army. In this post I will focus on the interesting case of Katibat al-Shaheed Samir Rahal (The Martyr Samir Rahal Battalion), which is based in the locality of Qara in the west Qalamoun region near the border with Lebanon.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, August 12, 2019 9:04 PM  |  Permalink

الوضع الحالي في مدينة التل: مقابلة حصرية

تقع مدينة التل في محافظة ريف دمشق وهي مركز منطقة التل. طبا تقع هذه المنطقة الى شمال مدينة دمشق وعادت الدولة السورية الى المنطقة نهاية عام ٢٠١٦.

كيف الوضع الحالي في مدينة التل? لكي اسلط الضؤ على هذا اموضوع كان لي الشرف ان أجري مقابلة حصرية مع رامي حجازي وهو مسؤول الإعلام والصحافة في شعبة التل لحزب البعث العربي الإشتراكي.

ملاحظة: تم إجراء هذه المقابلة بتاريخ ١٠ آب عام ٢٠١٩

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Sun, August 11, 2019 9:07 PM  |  Permalink

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