Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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An Albanian Muhajir in al-Sham: Interview

As I have noted before, there are many muhajireen ('foreigners') in the area of Idlib and its environs in northwest Syria performing a variety of functions, including military, media and educational work. The latest interview in this regard is with a muhajir of Albanian origin. This interview was conducted on 6 April 2020. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, April 7, 2020 10:52 AM  |  Permalink

Jama'at Jaysh al-Islam Treatise on the Coronavirus Pandemic

Readers may recall that I have previously interviewed the Gaza-based jihadist group Jama'at Jaysh al-Islam. In this post I present a full translation of a treatise the group's 'Shari'i Council' has released on the issue of the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, this treatise partly reflects questions I had put to the group regarding the pandemic. In short, the treatise firstly deals with the question of determining whether a given epidemic is a tribulation (i.e. something sent by God as a means to free the believers of their evil deeds and raise their degrees of elevation in Paradise and reward from God) or a punishment sent by God in His anger and wrath. The treatise then moves on to the issue of closing mosques when there are epidemics, and argues against the idea of closing mosques on the grounds that the conditions to do so have not been met. In fact, closing the mosques here can only be seen as a form of oppression. If anything, the surest path of salvation in the time of the epidemics is prayer and implementing the rule of God's law.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Mon, April 6, 2020 7:24 PM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع <<أسامة الصحراوي>>

هناك عدة قنوات لمسؤولين من هيئة تحرير الشام ومناصريها على تلغرام. ومن هذه القنوات هناك قناة <<أسامة الصحراوي>> التي شاركتها قناة الإدريسي (وهو مسؤول في الهيئة). يقول أسامة انه احد العسكريين في الهيئة وانا أجريت مقابلة معه اليوم عن تقييمه للوضع الحالي في الساحة الشامية.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Tue, March 31, 2020 9:16 AM  |  Permalink

Osama al-Sahrawi: Interview

On Telegram there a number of prominent channels belonging to officials in Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and supporters of the organization. One of these channels is 'Osama al-Sahrawi', whose channel I noticed was promoted by 'al-Idrissi' of HTS. I connected with 'Osama al-Sahrawi', who describes himself as one of the military personnel of HTS, and conducted a brief interview with him today.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, March 31, 2020 8:54 AM  |  Permalink

The Situation in Ras al-Ayn: Interview

Ras al-Ayn is a town in Hasakah province that was captured by the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) from the Syrian Democratic Forces as part of the 'Peace Spring' operations launched east of the Euphrates last year. To learn more about the present situation in Ras al-Ayn I conducted an interview on 24-25 March 2020 with a military commander in the al-Hamza Division, one of the SNA formations present in the area. The interview 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, March 28, 2020 1:25 PM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع قوة عنه من الحشد الشعبي

تقع مدينة عنه في المنطقة الغربية لمحافظة الأنبار وهي سقطت في أيادي الدواعش في عام ٢٠١٤ ثم تم تحريرها في عام ٢٠١٧ من قبل القوات العراقية. وهذه هي العشائر الرئيسية في عنه:

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Sat, March 28, 2020 9:01 AM  |  Permalink

The Hashd of Anah: Interview

Anah is a town in western Anbar that fell into the hands of the Islamic State in 2014 and was then retaken by Iraqi forces in 2017. The main tribes of Anah are:

- Dalah Ali
- al-Kahli
- al-Jubur
- al-Obaidi
- al-Mashahada
- al-Marasama
- al-Sada
- al-Mahamada
- al-Jumailat

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sat, March 28, 2020 8:25 AM  |  Permalink

الوضع في رأس العين

تقع مدينة رأس العين في محافظة الحسكة وسيطرت عليها قوات <<الجيش الوطني السوري>> المدعومة من قبل تركيا خلال عمليات <<نبع السلام>> السنة الماضية. ولكي نتعرف على الوضع الحالي في رأس العين بشكل أعمق أجريينا مقابلة مع قيادي في فرقة الحمزة بالمنطقة.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Sat, March 28, 2020  |  Permalink

The Islamic State's Biography of a British-Sudanese Medic

The Islamic State's days of territorial control and governance in Iraq and Syria are long past, but that does not mean the group has ceased to use memories of those days for propaganda purposes. This week's issue of the al-Naba' newsletter features an example of that with the biography of one 'Abu Hassan al-Sudani', a British-Sudanese medic who joined the Islamic State in March 2015 along with a group of other British-Sudanese medics. Their case was publicized in the British media at the time. Abu Hassan al-Sudani was eventually killed in fighting in northern Iraq in 2017 during the campaign of Iraqi forces to liberate Mosul and Ninawa province from the Islamic State. This biography serves to confirm that he was indeed killed during that campaign.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Thu, March 26, 2020 10:11 PM  |  Permalink

Jihadist Perspectives on Coronavirus Pandemic: Primary Sources

Previously on this blog I have documented the Islamic State's perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic expressed through its official al-Naba' newsletter. Here I will illustrate other jihadist perspectives (and any other Islamic State perspectives) through primary sources with translation. Hopefully this should serve as a useful resource.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Wed, March 25, 2020 2:16 PM  |  Permalink

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