Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Beekeeping in the Yarmouk Basin: Interview

January 24, 2021 at 5:33 pm

One of the regions in Syria's southern province of Deraa known for beekeeping and the production of honey is the Yarmouk Basin in the southwest corner of the province. On 21 January 2021, I conducted an interview with Fawaz al-Jadai, who is a beekeeper from the Yarmouk Basin. He sells honey and you can contact him on the following number for inquiries:

+963 997573340

Q: What are the types of honey that you sell? And what are the prices? On what flowers in the Basin is honey produced? How has the production of honey been during the past years? Has the production decreased and why?

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The Spaniards in the Sinjar Resistance Units: Interview

January 23, 2021 at 11:30 am

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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Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham and Apostasy: Interview

January 21, 2021 at 2:45 pm

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.

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The Sinjar Resistance Units: Interview

January 20, 2021 at 5:59 pm

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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Understanding Salafi‑Jihadist Attitudes Towards Innovation

January 19, 2021  •  ICSR


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