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Yes, Syrian Kurds Have Committed War Crimes – Roy Gutman Responds to Aymenn Tamimi

Roy Gutman Responds to Aymenn al-Tamimi on “Have the Syrian Kurds Committed War Crimes?” By Roy Gutman – @Roy_Gutman For Syria Comment – February 12, 2017 Any journalist covering a controversial topic like alleged war crimes can expect a hostile response from the subject of the story, but it’s extremely rare in my experience for a […]

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi: More On The Druze Militias in Southern Syria

In light of responses to my previous piece on Druze militias in southern Syria, here are some further thoughts: 1. Druze in opposition: The initial article drew conclusions that the majority of Druze in Syria who have taken up arms do so on the side of the Assad regime and that there is no evidence […]

Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi: The Druze Militias of Southern Syria

Introduction Compared to how much has been written on the Sunni-Alawite dynamics in the Syrian civil war, little analysis exists on the Druze aspect of the conflict. This study hopes to rectify the deficiency by considering the nature of Druze militias operating in the south of Syria, specifically in Suwayda, Deraa and Damascus governorates where […]

Aymenn al-Tamimi Speaks to Ali Kayali and Profiles “The Syrian Resistance,” a Pro-Assad Militia Force

A Case Study of “The Syrian Resistance,” a Pro-Assad Militia Force by Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi for Syria Comment Much has been written of the variety of factions and fragmentation on the rebel side of the Syrian civil war, but comparatively little analysis exists of the various pro-Assad militias, commonly known as shabiha, who as Aron Lund […]

“Jihad in Syria (Part II): The Assad Regime Perspective,” By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Jihad in Syria (Part II): The Assad Regime Perspective By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi for Syria Comment, March 25, 2013 In my previous article I examined the question of how jihadists in Syria conceive of their jihad against the Assad regime. But how does the regime portray jihad? Earlier this month, many observers were surprised by […]

“Jihad in Syria,” By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Jihad in Syria By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi for Syria Comment, 20 March 2013 How do the jihadist rebels generally conceive of jihad in the Syrian civil war? One useful way to look into this question is to examine the Qur’anic verses pertaining to warfare cited in propaganda statements. In this context, one recurring verse is […]

Romancing Rojava: Rhetoric vs. Reality

By Max J. Joseph and Mardean Isaac   Introduction The purpose of this article is to provide a critique of the Rojava project through a close examination of the discrepancies between the rhetoric surrounding the endeavour and the realities governing its implementation. By “Rojava project” we refer to the endeavour to establish Kurdish nationalist sovereignty […]

The Think-Tanks Bark and the IRGC Moves On

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Discussions of U.S. policy on Syria mostly revolve around two things: counter-terrorism (i.e. combating the Islamic State and other Sunni jihadist groups) and counter-Iran, the latter of which has gained much more prominence since the Trump administration came to power. Proposals on the counter-Iran angle from many think-tanks largely focus on […]

Thoughts On Southern Syria

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi The remaining rebel-held areas of Deraa and Quneitra are currently witnessing the beginning of a military campaign by the Syrian government to retake those areas, with heavy bombardment and displacement in the eastern Deraa countryside in particular. How did we get to this stage and what is the likely outcome? Perhaps […]

Iran in Syria: “Cognitive Empathy” and Interests

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi How should Iran’s intentions in Syria be understood? The question is all the more relevant in light of the recent exchange of missile fire on the border between the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and Syria. Writing in The Intercept back in March 2018, Robert Wright argued that DC think-tanks “warp our vision” […]


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