Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi Distinguished Senior Fellow, Gatestone Institute
Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi is a student at Brasenose College, Oxford University, a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Gatestone Institute, and a Shillman/Ginsburg Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum. His articles have been published, among other places, in the Middle East Quarterly, BBC News, al-Ayyam (Damascus), the American Spectator, Daily Star (Beirut), Ha'aretz, Jerusalem Post, and Kurdish Globe (Arbil, Iraqi Kurdistan). He has been widely cited in international media outlets for his insight on developments in Iraq and Syria, including Agence France-Presse, Associated Press, The Daily Telegraph, New York Times, and Washington Post.
Dr. Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who helped the U.S. locate Osama bin Laden, has been in jail in Pakistan since he was arrested days after the raid on bin Laden's compound in 2011. In 2013, he was granted a retrial, with a new charge that appears politically motivated: charged with murder in regard to the death, eight years earlier, of a patient he had treated. Afridi has gone on a hunger strike protest his unspeakable prison conditions -- including torture. His former lawyer, Samiullah Khan Afridi, was murdered by the Taliban in March 2015. The Obama Administration appears to have abandoned him.