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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. His work focuses on security, governance, stabilization, conflict resolution and Kurdish and Islamist movements.

After the Fighting, Turkey Confronts the Real Struggle for Afrin By Haid Haid - May 20, 2018

Having won the battle for the northern Syrian city of Afrin, Turkey now faces the much more daunting task of winning the peace. Motivated first by the priority to drive the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) from its southern border, Turkey has been left with a governance vacuum that it will struggle to fill. There … Continue reading “After the Fighting, Turkey Confronts the Real Struggle for Afrin”

Who and What Is Behind the Surge of Assassinations in Rebel-held Syria? Those are the Wrong Questions By Haid Haid - May 14, 2018

In a country at war with itself, death is tragically the norm in the battle for territorial domination. But even by the standards of the seven-year-long civil war in Syria, the spate of assassinations witnessed recently is unheard of. For while assassinations are not uncommon, the intensity, apparent coordination and timing of these incidents make … Continue reading “Who and What Is Behind the Surge of Assassinations in Rebel-held Syria? Those are the Wrong Questions”

In Syria, Al Nusra’s Reincarnation Has Been Crippled on the Battlefield by Divided Al Qaeda Loyalties By Haid Haid - Apr 22, 2018

The former Al Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS), is experiencing its most significant battlefield setback since its emergence in Syria in late 2011. In the space of a week, the formidable faction lost control of at least 36 strategically valuable towns and cities across northwestern Syria. Perhaps even more importantly, the force has … Continue reading “In Syria, Al Nusra’s Reincarnation Has Been Crippled on the Battlefield by Divided Al Qaeda Loyalties”

Where Does Jordan Stand Toward the Syrian Regime? Closer Than You Might Think By Haid Haid - Apr 10, 2018

Seven hard years since the Syrian civil war erupted across its border, what is the state of Jordan’s relationship with Damascus? To be sure, Amman’s Syria policy has been bifurcated, seeing it maintain bridges with all parties: while it gave military support to Syrian rebels operating along its border, it also kept up diplomatic relations … Continue reading “Where Does Jordan Stand Toward the Syrian Regime? Closer Than You Might Think”

Why the Syrian Regime Resorted to Brutal, Excessive Force in Ghouta By Haid Haid - Apr 1, 2018

The assault on the Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta has been one of the fiercest and deadliest in Syria’s seven-year war. Pro-regime forces used practically every weapon in their arsenal in the offensive, including internationally banned ordnances such as cluster bombs, incendiary materials and even chemical weapons. But while Eastern Ghouta, until now one of … Continue reading “Why the Syrian Regime Resorted to Brutal, Excessive Force in Ghouta”