Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi
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The Security Situation in the Syrian Badiya

May 20, 2024

With Syria's conflict frozen along the frontlines between the three main sides in the war (the Syrian government, the insurgents and the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces), the primary challenges facing each of these sides are internal, whether in the form of protests (e.g. the sustained protests against Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib and its environs) or security incidents and insurgent activity. For the Syrian government, the biggest security issues lie in the badiya region (the central Syrian desert and steppes), where the Islamic State has proved to be a persistent insurgent problem. Reporting on the issue has been somewhat difficult though, because the Islamic State itself tends to underreport its activities in this area, and because a lot of the pro-opposition reporting that tends to attract more attention among outsider observers is unverifiable, exaggerated or fabricated.

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Islamic State Report on Assaulting of Macomia in Mozambique

May 17, 2024 at 5:15 pm

The Islamic State insurgency in northern Mozambique shows no sign of abating, with the group regularly publishing photos of assaults on Christian villages in which homes and churches are burned. Moreover, the Mozambique affiliate has publicised da'wa (religious outreach) activity within some Muslim villages, indicating freedom of movement and the implementation of the most primitive forms of Islamic State governance. On 10 May, the president of Mozambique declared that the town of Macomia had come under attack from Islamic State insurgents.

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An Account of the Jisr al-Shughur Massacre in 2011

May 16, 2024  •  Substack

In an earlier post, I made reference to the Jisr al-Shughur massacre in 2011, which was committed by Syrian insurgents against the personnel of a unit of the military intelligence (aka "military security") stationed in the town of Jisr al-Shughur in Idlib province in northwest Syria. The massacre was falsely portrayed to the outside world at the time as the Syrian government's killing of supposed military defectors. In fact, what happened was that insurgents overwhelmed and wiped out a military intelligence unit in the town. The incident itself, which took place in June 2011, is noteworthy in that it illustrates that there was already an active insurgency within the first few months of the uprising.

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The Life of Hamdi Ahmad Hajj Ali

May 15, 2024

While internal developments and news from Syria's southern province of Deraa on the border with Jordan and the Golan Heights may attract less interest and attention than before, there are still regular security incidents in the province in the form of assassinations with gunfire and IED attacks. These incidents can kill civilians, local government employees, criminals and local militiamen, and security and military personnel. At least some of these attacks have been and likely still are the work of the Islamic State. These incidents do not mean that the collapse of formal Syrian government control over Deraa is imminent, but rather only that there is a persistent, chronic instability.

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Israel and Eurovision

May 12, 2024

Israel's strong performance in this year's Eurovision, which primarily came down to the huge number of points the country received in the popular vote as opposed to the vote of national juries, prompted me to write on X that a "considerable amount of the passionate pro-Palestine sentiment on social media and in demonstrations is an echo chamber." Since these remarks went viral and X is not the best platform for elaborating one's thoughts, I decided it would be better to go into more depth here.

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