Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Saraya Qasioun Claims Damascus Bombing

October 20, 2021 at 1:34 pm

Saraya Qasioun ('Squadrons of Qasioun'- referring to Mt. Qasioun) is an insurgent group operating in the Damascus area that has occasionally claimed attacks on Syrian government forces (see interview I did with the group here). The group has issued a claim of responsibility for the bus bombing attack today in Damascus that killed at least a dozen Syrian military personnel. Statement and translation below:

Saraya Qasioun
Covert Squadron in Damascus

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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Islamic State Editorial on Iraq's Elections

October 8, 2021 at 6:46 am

Iraq has parliamentary elections on 10 October. Unsurprisingly, the Islamic State's editorial line this week in al-Naba' (issue 307) focuses on those elections, considering that Iraq is the group's main area of operations in the world. In a recent video put out by the group's 'Iraq province' office, the group warned against elections and democracy as a religion contrary to Islam and featured the killing of an individual who called for participation in elections. Below is the editorial translated in full by me.

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Christian Anti-Semitism in the Carolingian Era: 'De Judaicis Superstitionibus'

October 7, 2021  •  Substack

Not all Jewish experiences under Christian rule in medieval Europe were uniformly negative. The reality was that the experiences varied according to time and place. One of the better periods for Jews was that of the Carolingian Empire that covered most of what is now France in the early ninth century. For some Christians, however, the relative freedoms Jews enjoyed to interact with the wider society were unacceptable. This was the context for the anti-Jewish writings of Saint Agobard, who was originally from Spain and became the bishop of Lugdunum (Lyons).

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Sami al-Oraidi's Response to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham

October 1, 2021 at 1:18 pm

The Jordanian-born Sami al-Oraidi was previously a leading figure in the al-Qa'ida-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and then broke off from the successor group Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham on account of the breaking of ties with al-Qa'ida. In this statement released through the media arm of the al-Qa'ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din, Sami al-Oraidi is described as a member of Hurras al-Din's Shari'i committee, but the appendix to the statement notes that he is in hiding as the members of the committee are either imprisoned by Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham or being hunted by the U.S.-led coalition and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.

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Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's Response to Hurras al-Din's Abu Himam al-Shami

September 28, 2021 at 7:03 am

Recently, Abu Himam al-Shami, who along with Sami al-Oraidi is a leader of Syria's al-Qa'ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din, has issued statements criticising Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, which broke ties with al-Qa'ida and is currently the leading faction in northwest Syria. Abu Himam called on Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham to resort to independent judicial arbitration to resolve disputes while also suggesting the group is implicated in U.S.-led coalition strikes against al-Qa'ida-linked figures in Syria. Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's General Shari'i Council has issued a response to Abu Himam. The main points are as follows:

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