Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed Recruitment Form: Translation and Analysis
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
With the Syrian government set to commence a military campaign in the south of the country, it is not implausible to envision a scenario where the final confrontation in the south is between the government and the Islamic State-affiliate Jaysh Khalid bin... ...


Interview on ABC News
By  Jonathan Spyer 
19/6 ...


Fawj al-Sayyida Zainab: Aleppo Local Defence Forces Unit
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
The Aleppo sector of the Iranian-backed Local Defence Forces (LDF) consists of some well-known groups like Liwa al-Baqir. There are also some more obscure groups within the sector like Fawj al-Sayyida Zainab (The Sayyida Zainab Regiment). According to... ...


Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed "Public Relations" Document: Translation and Analysis
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
It is routine for us to say that Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed is an Islamic State affiliate in everything but name: that is, no formal announcement has been made in the media items for external consumption that Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed is part of the... ...


The Life of Abu Waheed al-Heetawi of Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
The locality of Heet in southwest Deraa province arguably encapsulates the civil war aspect of the fighting between Islamic State-affiliate Jaysh Khalid bin al-Waleed and Syrian rebel groups. Heet presently has a population of around 6000 people. The... ...


Poem of Sidonius Apollinaris to Priscus Valerianus (Arabic translation)
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
For the Arabic translation and commentary, see here.... ...


Poem of Sidonius Apollinaris for Priscus Valerianus (Arabic translation)
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
For the Arabic translation and commentary, please follow the link.... ...


Interview with the Leader of Jund al-Malahem
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
The rebel scene in southern Syria is dominated by factions that come under the broad 'Southern Front' coalition, which has been tied to an operations room (MOC) based in Amman. Though the Islamic State has managed to cultivate an affiliate in the... ...


The New Hospital in Qalb Lawza
By  Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi 
The Idlib Health Directorate recently opened a new hospital in the village of Qalb Lawza in the Jabal al-Summaq area of north Idlib countryside. What is the story behind this project? For context, Qalb Lawza is one of the originally Druze villages of... ...


Iran’s response: the ‘Strategy of Tension’ 
By  Jonathan Spyer 
Jerusalem Post, 1/6 The United States and its allies are currently in the opening stages of the pursuit of a strategy to contain and roll back the Islamic Republic of Iran from a number of points in the Middle East.  This strategy is set to include an economic element (renewed sanctions, a military aspect (involving Israeli action against Iran in Syria, and the Saudi/UAE campaign against the Houthis in Yemen, and a primarily political effort (in Iraq and to a lesser extent in Lebanon). Iran can ...


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