Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi

Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a graduate from Brasenose College, Oxford University, and a Jihad-Intel Research Fellow at the Middle East Forum.

The Iranian Land Route to the Mediterranean: Myth or Reality?

 

As the Islamic State continues to lose ground in Iraq and Syria, one of the more common talking points for debate is the supposed prospect of an Iranian “land-route” running through Iraq and Syria to Lebanon and the Mediterranean, and what the U.S. response should be. But how seriously should the idea of the land-route […]

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Syria: Assessing the CIA Program

 

Recent news of the Trump administration’s decision to end the CIA program of assistance to select Syrian rebel groups has sparked debate about the decision-making process and its soundness. In a report for the Weekly Standard, Thomas Joscelyn highlights that a centerpiece for the discussion was the infamous video from last year featuring members of […]

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Behind the Iraq Protests

 

Beginning in December of last year with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s arrest warrant against the bodyguard retinue of Rafi al-Issawi, who has since then announced his resignation as Finance Minister, Iraq has seen continual protests in Sunni Arab areas. At the broadest level, these protests denounce perceived discrimination by the Shia-led central government against Sunni […]

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Turkey, Iraq, and Oil

 

Though the pace of growth of the Turkish economy has slowed significantly, one of Ankara’s priorities over the coming years is to meet the country’s growing energy demands. The clearest solution is to diversify suppliers of oil and gas, with the autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan (KRG) area being one potential source for such fuels. Had you […]

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Sunni Reachout to the Shia Crescent

 

When it comes to Middle East analysis, one of the conventional lines of approach taken is to assume the sectarian paradigm whereby regional developments are interpreted through the lens of Shia-Sunni relations that are perceived as becoming ever more tense. To an extent, this paradigm does have valid explanatory power. For example, on the subject […]

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Anti-Islamism in an Islamic Civil War

 

Recently a video emerged in which pro-Assad militiamen can be seen beating and shooting a prisoner to death. What might seem remarkable is that the militiamen are insulting Islam in the process, mocking the takbir — that is, the cry of “Allahu akbar” — the Islamic conception of paradise for martyrs. In the first half […]

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Iraq: Some Further Points

 

Here are some further points I did not discuss in the main article for risk of digressing too far, but are worth noting anyway: • The Majlis Al-A’yan in Basra that declared its solidarity with the protests in Anbar is an example of how reactions to the current political crisis have crossed sectarian boundaries. As […]

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Iraq: Playing the Sectarian Crisis Card

 

Just as 2011 in Iraq ended with a political crisis following the issuing of an arrest warrant by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi on allegations of running a death squad, so 2012 has rounded off with another political crisis: this time involving the Finance Minister Rafi al-Issawi, a member of Ayad […]

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Iraq: One Year After Withdrawal

 

One year after the completion of the pullout of American troops from Iraq, what are the main issues affecting the country today? Russian Arms Scandal and Corruption: On October 9, Iraq announced the signing of a $4.2 billion arms contract with Russia. Commentators took this deal to be a sign of waning U.S. influence in […]

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Analyzing Egypt

 

With the upcoming referendum to begin on Saturday in Egypt (already taking place in embassies abroad) for the draft constitution that is primarily the work of Islamists from both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist factions, it is worth bearing the following issues in mind: The Military: For all intents and purposes, the Egyptian military […]

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