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Revenge Being Meted Out on ISIS linked Sunni Tribes of Iraq – FrontLine “Iraq Uncovered”

This Front Line documentary — “Iraq Uncovered‘ — on Iraqi Sunni tribes & the revenge that is being meted out on them by Shia militias that follow behind US and Iraqi regular military is a cautionary tail for Syria. The same thing isShow More Summary

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State

Why the U.S. Should Team Up with the Kurds & Not Turkey to Take Raqqa and Destroy the Islamic State By Joshua Landis For Syria Comment – March 18, 2017 The problem with letting the Turks hold Raqqa and presumable the entire Euphrates Valley that is now held by ISIS is that they are doing […] The post Why the U.S. Show More Summary

Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban – By Sam Farah

Three Points Regarding Syrian Refugees and President Trump’s Travel Ban By Sam Farah For Syria Comment – March 16, 2017 The Travel Ban of Syrian Refugees Fleeing the War in Syria is Inhumane The situation is Syria is “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era.” That’s according to António Guterres, the U.N. Show More Summary

Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi: Syrian IRGC Militia

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi. Flanked by the flags of Syria and Iran, the top reads: “Fawj Qamr Bani Hashim.” The centre consists of a flag with the inscription:  “Labbayk ya Hussein.” At the bottom is the name Liwa al-Mukhtar al-Thiqfi. Show More Summary

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and Civil Society in Jabal al-Summaq

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi The formation of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (‘Liberation of al-Sham Commission’- HTS) has understandably provoked fear of a total jihadist/al-Qa’ida takeover of Syria’s rebel-held northwest, centred around Idlib province. Show More Summary

Akram al-Hawrani: Syria’s Left-Wing Populist and the United Arab Republic – By Christopher Solomon

Akram al-Hawrani: Syria’s left-wing populist and the United Arab Republic By Christopher Solomon For Syria Comment – February 15, 2017 Gamal Abdul Nasser (left) with Akram al-Hawrani (center) and Egypt’s Abdul Latif al-Baghdadi (right). Show More Summary

Further Response to Roy Gutman: Balancing the Picture

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi In his reply to my comments on his recent piece for The Nation, Roy Gutman takes exception to my supposed challenge to his “professional integrity.” I should thus begin by emphasizing that I did not intend my...Show More Summary

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...Show More Summary

A Response to Roy Gutman’s “Have the Syrian Kurds Committed War Crimes?”

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi A recent article in The Nation by Roy Gutman has generated considerable controversy, as the article attempts to highlight what it portrays as the more unsavoury and neglected aspects of the Democratic UnionShow More Summary

The rise and fall of a CIA-backed rebel commander in Syria – by @ErikaSolomon

This is a wonderful and important article by Erika Solomon. @ErikaSolomon for the Financial Times. I have cut out sections, marked with a “….” The rise and fall of a CIA-backed rebel commander in Syria: Former ‘fixer’ for anti-AssadShow More Summary

The KRG’s Relationship with the Yazidi Minority and the Future of the Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar)

This article was published January 31, 2017 by NRT, a media service in Iraqi Kurdistan. The original article is available here. The KRG’s Relationship with the Yazidi Minority and the Future of the Yazidis in Shingal (Sinjar)   by Matthew...Show More Summary

A Post-National Framework for Peace and Stability in the Middle East – by Sam Farah

A Post-National Framework for Peace and Stability in the Middle East Sam Farah – txtwxe@google.com For Syria Comment – January 2017 The Syrian crisis, about to enter its sixth year, has created the largest humanitarian disaster since the Cold War, causing hundreds of thousands of deaths and creating the worst refugee crisis of our generation. Show More Summary

The Arabs in Afghanistan: From the Cradle of the Jalalabad School of Jihad to Syria and Iraq

The Arabs at War in Afghanistan questions the foundational myths of the Afghan Jihad which touched a generation of Muslim men growing up in the 90s. It is told by one of the earliest Afghan Arabs, Mustafa Hamid who joined the warlord Jalaluddin Haqqani against the Afghan Communist regime and the Soviet Union. Show More Summary

Aleppo Girl With Viral Twitter Feed Writes Heartbreaking Letter to President Trump

2 months agoMiddle East / Syria : Time: Syria

"You must do something for the children of Syria because they are like your children and deserve peace like you"

What to Know About the Latest Syria Peace Talks

2 months agoMiddle East / Syria : Time: Syria

The talks, held in Kazakhstan, come in the sixth year of the Syrian conflict

The Damascus Suburb That Could Be the Next Key Front in Syria’s War

2 months agoMiddle East / Syria : Time: Syria

Eastern Ghouta will be a major strategic goal for President Assad's forces, either by force or through peace negotiations

Liwa Al-Jabal: A New Loyalist Militia Unity Initiative In Suwayda’

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Emblem of Liwa al-Jabal. Unity initiatives of various kinds among armed groups are foremost associated with the rebels in Syria. Despite some attempts to argue to the contrary, the popular conception of the wider insurgency and opposition as heavily divided is largely correct. Show More Summary

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