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Haid Haid

Haid Haid is a research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Radicalization at King’s College London. He is also a consulting research fellow of Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa program.

Articles By Haid Haid

Turkey has Forced Syria Rebels into a Dangerous Liaison with the Assad Regime By Haid Haid - Oct 17, 2019

Abandoned by their American allies, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces have been left with one option: doing a deal with the devil. Turkey’s incursion into northern Syria has succeeded where all previous tactics have not: it has created the conditions for the two main enemies in the Syrian civil war – the Syrian Democratic Forces … Continue reading “Turkey has Forced Syria Rebels into a Dangerous Liaison with the Assad Regime”

The War in Syria Is Close to an End, But the Crushing of a People Is Far from Over By Haid Haid - Oct 3, 2019

As the war in Syria winds down, it is inevitable that its impact will be measured in terms of casualties. Numbers of dead and wounded are the conventional measure of conflict but it would be wrong to focus on them alone without considering the challenges that face the survivors, especially civilians living inside regime-controlled areas. The fighting there has largely ceased … Continue reading “The War in Syria Is Close to an End, But the Crushing of a People Is Far from Over”

No Jobs for Syria’s Civil Servants in Former Rebel-Held Areas By Haid Haid - Aug 19, 2019

The war in Syria brought work to a halt for many people. But for hundreds of public servants in former rebel-held areas now retaken by the regime, there will be no return. They have been fired for reasons such as “insufficient  loyalty” to simple “failure to report for work.” As for the latter, the restrictions that war imposes on … Continue reading “No Jobs for Syria’s Civil Servants in Former Rebel-Held Areas”

Syria Wants Complete Control Over Information, Which Is Why Even Loyalist Journalists Can Be Arrested for Being ‘Out of Order’ By Haid Haid - Jul 28, 2019

Rabea Kalawandy, a war correspondent and social-media influencer, was arrested on July 8 in Aleppo. This might seem sadly unremarkable in a country where the regime has systemically targeted journalists throughout the conflict. But what is unusual about this case is that Kalawandy is a pro-regime journalist arrested by the Syrian government itself. And he is not the only one … Continue reading “Syria Wants Complete Control Over Information, Which Is Why Even Loyalist Journalists Can Be Arrested for Being ‘Out of Order’”

The Syrian Regime Is Pursuing Its Opponents Through the Use of a Loophole – Private Prosecution By Haid Haid - Jul 1, 2019

After the Damascus regime successfully regained control of rebel-held territories in Syria, the number of opposition figures arrested skyrocketed. Yet, they were not arrested on charges filed by the state, as one might have thought. Rather, they were arrested on the basis of private prosecution charges – a judicial recourse in which, in this case, … Continue reading “The Syrian Regime Is Pursuing Its Opponents Through the Use of a Loophole – Private Prosecution”