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The Factions of Raqqa Province

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Much has been noted of the presence of the Islamic State in Raqqa province, where the group controls all major urban localities (Raqqa city, Tabqa, Ma’adan, and Tel…

Minority Dynamics in Syria

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi With the Syrian civil war well into its fourth year, it is apparent that political and militia dynamics that have developed with Syria’s main minorities (in this analysis,…

Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part 3)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi I have previously documented muhajireen battalions here and here. Below are two more groupings. Saraya ash-Sham Logo of Saraya ash-Sham, whose main emblem resembles the flag of Iraqi…

“Bilal” – by Stephen Boeshaar

Stephen Boeshaar worked throughout the Arab World for many years and is fluent in Syrian Arabic. After serving with the Peace Corps in Morocco in the 1960s, he ran English language instruction…

Syrians in Lebanon Vote in Presidential Elections

My brother voted ‘no’ in the Syrian embassy in Moscow during 1980s Hafez ‘election’. His passport was revoked & never able to go back since — اغين الزعبي (@agh_yan) May 28, 2014…

Muhajireen Battalions in Syria (Part Two)

By Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Back in December I profiled a variety of battalions of Sunni foreign fighters (part one). Here are some more to add to the list: Katiba al-Bittar al-Libi Logo…