Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Islamic State Editorial on the Captagon Controversy

July 9, 2020 at 6:47 pm

Over the years there have been various recurring tropes and legends regarding the Islamic State. One example I remember was a purported Islamic State document showing prices of slaves, even though it was clear to me that the document was fake. Another recurring legend that has reemerged in the media more recently is the supposed production and use of captagon by Islamic State fighters, as though this drug was behind their fighting prowess, which has frequently been exaggerated anyway. Recently the Italian police claimed to have seized a vast quantity of captagon that supposedly originated from Islamic State, but these claims have been met with skepticism. I share this skepticism and would urge readers to be wary of the wider 'terror-crime nexus' line of analysis that sometimes leaps on these dubious stories to make its case.

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Saraya Qasioun: Interview

July 7, 2020 at 4:10 pm

Many parts of Syria feature groups operating as low-level insurgencies against the ruling authorities in those areas. This includes the government-held areas in Damascus and its countryside, as a group calling itself Saraya Qasioun ('Squadrons of Qasioun'- referring to Mt. Qasioun) has claimed multiple insurgent operations via its Telegram channel. The operations are claimed on an occasional basis and are low-key in nature, primarily taking the form of assassinations and IED attacks.

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The Situation in Jad'een: Interview

July 5, 2020 at 11:45 am

Continuing in highlighting the humanitarian and services situation in the localities of the Jabal al-Summaq area of north Idlib countryside, we turn to the village of Jad'een. On 3 July 2020 I conducted an interview with a resident of Jad'een to discuss the humanitarian and services situation in the village. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

Q: First what is the number of original inhabitants and IDPs in the locality?

A: First we do not have IDPs except for a few families in the school. The number of inhabitants is around 500 or a little more.

Q: How is the services and humanitarian situation in general? For example electricity, water and prices of goods.

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The Betrayal of the Hermon Regiment: Interview

July 4, 2020 at 8:02 pm

Readers may remember that I interviewed the leader of the Hermon Regiment back in late 2017. The Hermon Regiment was a local holding force set up in the context of a 'reconciliation' agreement with the Syrian government in the Jabal al-Sheikh (Mount Hermon) area in Damascus countryside. The Hermon Regiment included many former rebels in its ranks and various promises were made. The regiment continued to exist as the last rebel-held pockets of the Beit Jann area returned to Syrian government control at the turn of 2018.

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The People's Municipal Office in Gharanij: Interview

July 4, 2020 at 10:03 am

Continuing in the series of interviews with the People's Municipal Offices in the areas of Deir az-Zor controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in order to highlight the humanitarian and services situation in those places, I turn now to the locality of Gharanij. This interview with the media guy of the People's Municipal Office in Gharanij was conducted on 26 June 2020.

Q: What is the number of inhabitants in Gharanij currently? What are its main tribes? What is the proportion of inhabitants who have returned since its liberation?

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