Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Jama'at Ansar al-Islam Fundraising Campaign

To recall, Jama'at Ansar al-Islam ('Supporters of Islam Group') is a jihadist group that originated in Iraq and expanded into Syria with the outbreak and development of the civil war there. Its influence in Iraq was much reduced by the rise of the Islamic State, though it did officially claim a minor operation in Iraq at the end of October 2019.

In Syria, the group operates within the 'And Rouse the Believers' operations room alongside the al-Qa'ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din and the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat Ansar al-Din. Sources connected with Jama'at Ansar al-Islam have emphasized that the group is independent and lacking in support and resources. As one source put it to me:

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, May 25, 2020 1:04 PM  |  Permalink

التعزيزات العسكرية في ريف درعا الغربي: مقابلة

شهدت منطقة ريف درعا الغربي وصول تعزيزات عسكرية من قوات الحكومة السورية وذلك بعد مقتل ٩ عناصر من الشرطة في بلدة المزيريب. ما هي النوايا رواء إرسال التعزيزات? هناك خطة إطلاق حملة عسكرية واسعة في المنطقة. اليكم مقابلة أجريتها مع مصدر في الفرقة الرابعة.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Sat, May 23, 2020 1:17 AM  |  Permalink

The Military Escalation in Deraa: Interview

A previous interview on this site covered the recent events of military mobilization of Syrian government forces in western Deraa countryside from the perspective of a commander in one of the local auxiliary contingents, which have many former rebels in their ranks and oppose the mobilization of the regular government forces. In this interview, I present the perspective of a source from the Syrian army's Fourth Division. 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  |  Sat, May 23, 2020 12:47 AM  |  Permalink

حزب ثأر الله الاسلامي في البصرة: مقابلة

لقد أمر رئيس الوزراء العراقي الجديد مصطفى الكاظمي القوات الأمنية بالسيطرة على مقر حزب ثأر الله الإسلامي في محافظة البصرة وذلك بسبب إتهام الحزب بالتورط في قتل المتظاهرين في البصرة. طبعاً يحاول رئيس الوزراء ان يصور نفسه على انه مدافع عن حكم القانون في البلد. ولكن الجدير بالذكر ان الحزب هو حزب صغير في سياق السياسة العراقية وهذا الإجراء ليس ضمن حملة واسعة على الحشد الشعبي او الجماعات التي ترتبط بإيران كما يظن بعض الناس.

على كل حال اردت ان اوصل راوية الحزب الى الرأي العام من اجل الموضوعية فأجريت مقابلة مع مسؤول في الحزب بخصوص تأريخ الحزب والأحداث الأخيرة.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Fri, May 22, 2020 12:05 AM  |  Permalink

Hizb Tha'ir Allah al-Islami in Basra: Interview

Among the first acts of Iraq's new Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has been the order for Iraq's security forces to seize the Basra base of Hizb Tha'ir Allah al-Islami (Islamic Revenge of God Party), a party that has been accused of killing demonstrators in Basra. The move is a clear attempt by the prime minister to portray himself as an upholder of the rule of the law, but it should be emphasized here that the party itself is a minor faction in the grand scheme of things. The move is certainly not part of a supposed wider crackdown on the Hashd or groups with ties to Iran.

In any event, I was interested in conveying the perspective of Hizb Tha'ir Allah al-Islami on these matters. I conducted a brief interview with an official of the party on 21 May 2020. The interview is slightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, May 21, 2020 11:31 PM  |  Permalink

Tensions in West Deraa Countryside: Interview

The southern Syrian province of Deraa remains unstable as security incidents continue to occur on a virtually daily basis. One major concern is the risk of a military escalation as the government may try to carry out a wider assault campaign in a bid to force handover of weapons and deport any further elements deemed to be 'irreconcilable' to insurgent-held areas of Idlib.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, May 21, 2020 9:23 PM  |  Permalink

التوتر في ريف درعا الغربي: مقابلة

شهد ريف درعا الغربي وصول تعزيزات عسكرية من القوات النظامية الى المنطقة وذلك بعد مقتل ٩ عناصر من الشرطة في بلدة المزيريب. ما هو السياق العام? هل ستطلق حملة عسكرية واسعة على منطقة ريف فرعا الغربي. اليكم مقابلة أجريتها مع قيادي في مجموعة من مجموعات التسوية في ريف درعا الغربي وهو تابع للامن العسكري شكلياً.

ملاحظة: تم إجراء هذه المقابلة بتاريخ ١٦ ايار عام ٢٠٢٠

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Thu, May 21, 2020 2:34 PM  |  Permalink

An Early Nineteenth Century Account of the Alawites

In the course of researching further the early Western literature and scholarship on the Alawites and their religion, I came across a rather brief and interesting account of the Alawites (then dubbed Nusayris) written in French and included in a work entitled 'Memoir on the Three Most Famous Sects of Muslimism: The Wahhabis, Nusayris and Ismailis', which was published in 1818. These accounts had first been published in 1809 and 1810 and were revised and expanded for the 1818 compilation. The work was written by an individual whose name was abbreviated to 'M.R***' but this person was in fact Jean-Baptiste-Louis-Jacques Rousseau, a French scholar of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries who was a correspondent for the Royal Institute and Association of the Academy of Sciences, Fine Writings and Arts of Marseille.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, May 19, 2020 3:28 PM  |  Permalink

توثيق شهداء قرية تعارة في ريف السويداء الغربي

بمناسبة <<عيد الشهداء>> الذي جرى قبل يومين في سوريا قامت بلدات كثيرة على امتداد المناطق تحت سيطرة الحكومة السورية بتكريم الشباب الذين إرتقوا خلال الحرب في سوريا. وانا شخصياً أحب ان أسجل أسماء هؤلاء الشباب من اجل التأريخ فعلى سبيل المثال اقدم لكم قائمة بالشهداء من قرية تعارة في ريف السويداء الغربي.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Fri, May 8, 2020 9:57 PM  |  Permalink

The Martyrs of Ta'ara in Suwayda' Province

Recently it was 'Martyrs' Day' in Syria, which included commemorations of the fallen from various towns and villages across government-held areas of Syria. For the historical record, I have been interested in documenting those who have died from different localities in Syria. Here, I highlight the martyrs of the village of Ta'ara located in western Suwayda' province in southern Syria.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, May 8, 2020 8:52 PM  |  Permalink

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