Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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Guest Post: Qalb Lawze and Water Scarcity

Editor and translator's introduction [Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi]: In the Jabal al-Summaq region of northern Idlib countryside, home to a number of originally Druze villages, water scarcity has been a particular problem in the villages located higher up the mountain. In this guest post, Issam Ibrahim (Abu Tayyim) of Qalb Lawze writes on the latest developments regarding water projects in the area.

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By  |  Tue, January 25, 2022 7:00 PM  |  Permalink

Islamic State Report on Ongoing Battles at Ghweiran Prison

The site of Ghweiran prison in Hasakah city area where the Islamic State attempted an at least partially successful prison break has featured ongoing battles between the Syrian Democratic Forces and Islamic State personnel. Below is a translation of a detailed report about the battle from Amaq News (Islamic State-affiliated). The report reveals that the Islamic State undertook a rather sophisticated operation on multiple axes, with claims of having freed hundreds of prisoners, while the Islamic State's fighters have determined either to get out of the positions in which they are under attack or die fighting.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sat, January 22, 2022 7:02 PM  |  Permalink

The Islamic State Prison-Break in Hasakah City: Live Interview

Yesterday evening news began to spread of a car bomb attack in an attempted prison break by the Islamic State in Hasakah city, targeting a prison run by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. The clashes resulting from the attempted prison break are still ongoing as of now. Below is a live interview with a close friend who lives in Hasakah city regarding the current situation. It is useful in my view to hear the experiences and thoughts of the civilians living in proximity to these events. Please do not treat these events as some opportunity for breathless tweeting and analysis about an Islamic State "resurgence."

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, January 21, 2022 11:36 AM  |  Permalink

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Video on the Stages of Military Recruitment

The main insurgent faction in northwest Syria- Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham- continues to engage in active recruitment efforts on the ground and via social media. The most recent iteration of the group's recruitment efforts comes in the form of its "military recruitment administration" that has a number of branches in the regions under Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's control. A recent video release from this administrative branch is one entitled "The stages of military recruitment in the liberated north," featuring the story of someone who signed up via the "Central Region" branch (al-Mantaqa al-Wusta). The first stage is to head to the recruitment office and fill in the form, then there is the Shari'i course followed by a break, and then there is the military course. I include a rough transcript of the video.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Sun, January 16, 2022 7:46 PM  |  Permalink

سيرة الشيخ أيمن زهر الدين

في الفترة الأخيرة توفي الشيخ أيمن زهر الدين الذي كان من محافظة السويداء ذات أغلبية درزية في جنوب سوريا. وجاءت وفاته بعد فترة عانى فيها من مرض ما, وهو معروف كمؤسس مجموعة <<صقور الوطن>>. وفي هذه المقالة سأوثق سيرته باختصار.

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Fri, December 10, 2021 10:13 AM  |  Permalink

The Life of Sheikh Aymenn Zahr al-Din

A Druze sheikh called Aymenn Zahr al-Din, from the predominantly Druze province of al-Suwayda' in southern Syria, recently died following a period of illness. He is best known as the founder of a group called Suqur al-Watan ('Hawks of the Homeland') that functioned as an auxiliary force for the Syrian army. Here I will document Sheikh Aymenn's life, relying on the testimony of his son.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Fri, December 10, 2021 9:17 AM  |  Permalink

Guest Post: 'The End of the Life of the Daraweesh'

In late November, Russian air-strikes in the area of north Idlib countryside killed two people from the remaining original inhabitants of the Jabal al-Summaq area (who are originally Druze but were forced many years ago to declare conversion to Sunni Islam, first by the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham and then by Jabhat al-Nusra). The two martyrs are Aymenn al-Qouda from the village of Kafr Maris and Ibrahim Najdo from the village of Taltita. While it is important to document the oppression that the remaining original inhabitants of Jabal al-Summaq have suffered at the hands of armed groups, it is also important to document civilian deaths from airstrikes and not think of those killed as mere statistics. In this new guest post, my friend 'Odoacer' of the village Qalb Lawze in Jabal al-Summaq documents the lives of Aymenn al-Qouda and Ibrahim Najdo, whom he refers to as 'daraweesh' (a term for poor people with simple and innocent means of living).

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By  |  Mon, December 6, 2021 9:48 AM  |  Permalink

Guest Post: 'View of Idlib's Ruins for 2022'

I have previously featured a number of guest posts from writers inside Syria. One of these contributors is my friend 'Odoacer' from the village of Qalb Lawze in north Idlib countryside. In this guest post I have translated below, 'Odoacer' provides an overview of the historical ruins of Idlib and the damage of plunder and smuggling to which they have been exposed:

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By  |  Wed, December 1, 2021 11:24 AM  |  Permalink

مقابلة مع الاعلامي <<محمود الحموي>>

ظهر خلال الحرب في سوريا عدد من الاعلاميين لتغطية الأحداث ومنهم الاعلامي <<محمود الحموي>> الذي ينحدر من مدينة اللطامنة بريف حماه الشمالي وهو نازح في مناطق شمال سوريا تحت سيطرة الفصائل حالياً. تابع قناته على يوتيوب هنا وحسابه على تويتر هنا. وفيما يلي مقابلة اجريتها معه في الفترة الأخيرة:

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By أيمن جواد التميمي  |  Tue, November 23, 2021 11:39 AM  |  Permalink

Interview with 'Mahmoud al-Hamawi': Activist from al-Latamina in North Hama

Over the course of the war in Syria, a number of media activists on the ground have emerged to cover the events. One such activist is 'Mahmoud al-Hamawi,' who originates from the town of al-Latamina in north Hama countryside. He is currently displaced in the insurgent-held areas of northern Syria. Follow his current Youtube channel here and his current Twitter account here. Below is an interview I recently conducted with him.

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By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  |  Tue, November 23, 2021 11:07 AM  |  Permalink

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