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Founder and Editor in Chief, @newlinesmag. New York Times Bestselling Author https://t.co/TpbIEnif22… Father of two boys
Aug 22, 2018 18 tweets 3 min read
A summary of Baghdadi’s new audio message, the first in a year The 55-minute statement is titled: "Give Glad Tidings to the Patient"
Mar 14, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
With Turkey closing in on Afrin, the rejection of the Russian plan now seems a miscalculation by the YPG. But is it?

I argue here that it speaks of the folly of the long-held argument the YPG would eventually hand over areas to the regime in eastern Syria thenational.ae/opinion/commen… Continuing with the Afrin updates:
• the Turkish operation has now reached its second milestone.
• chips are falling in favor of Turkey in northern Syria, whether the YPG chooses to stand & fight or not.
• contrary to consensus, I still believe Turkey won’t take the city.
Jan 17, 2018 51 tweets 7 min read
Follow this thread for highlights from the (sure to be remarkable) speech by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on the Trump administration’s Syria strategy: "The nature of the Assad regime, like that of its sponsor Iran, is malignant. It has promoted state terror. It has empowered groups that kill American soldiers, such as al-Qaeda in Iraq"
Nov 1, 2017 41 tweets 6 min read
In his notebook, bin Laden answers a question about who would list as a religious influence: “I was committed with the Muslim Brotherhood. Their resources were limited. I read Sira (prophet’s biography). Meeting once a week, a set of pages. Religious influence wasn’t much.” ... “Were you not influenced Zindani and the Scientific Miracles of Quran? I was influenced by him in his speciality, not by him as a teacher.”
Sep 28, 2017 27 tweets 6 min read
Updates from Deir Ezzor:
• Regime forces face a major loss in al-Shula after an ISIS desert counterattack, reverting recent gains.
• the battle is so far is conducted largely by the Russian airforce to pave the way for a possible second phase of Iranian-supplied ground forces *reversing