In the originally Druze area of Jabal al-Summaq in north Idlib countryside, one of the more controversial issues is the settlement of ‘muhajireen’ (i.e…
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The following is an interview conducted on 18 July 2022 with an internally displaced person (IDP) who currently resides in the village of al-Fu’a in…
The United States announced the killing of al-Qa’ida’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a strike in Kabul in Afghanistan. That the United States was able to…
Hardly a day goes by in Syria without some incident of assassination. For many of these killings, motives can be inferred with high or considerable…
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There has been some controversy over the nature of the Islamic State’s insurgency in the ‘Badiya’ region of Syria (i.e. a region centred on the Homs…
One of the consequences of the war in Syria has been the expansion of the influence of Iran, Hezbollah and the ‘resistance axis’ in general inside the…
I have documented the National Ideological Resistance- a movement that originated in Tartous province and uses ‘Syrian Hezbollah’- style imagery- on…
I covered the jihadist group calling itself the Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Squadron from the outset of its formation and created an archive of its…
Today’s interview guest on this newsletter is Abdussamed Dagül, who is of German-Turkish origin and has long worked in the realm of media in northwest…
Among my vast collections of old and rare books, I also have some old Arabic-language newspapers, primarily from Egypt and Syria. As part of this…
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In my essay for Newlines Magazine (and subsequent podcast) discussing my Arabic translation of the 13th century Latin work Historia Arabum (which can be…
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Time and again, we hear reports of Israeli strikes against various personnel and installations in Syria, and we hear that these strikes are against…