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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.

Syria Rebel Coalition Defending Idlib Is a Wild Card for Turkey By Haid Haid - Sep 9, 2018

The Syrian regime’s recent success recapturing most rebel-controlled areas has put Idlib in the crosshairs of its loyalist forces. As a result, Turkey has pressured most key opposition armed forces in northwestern Syria to merge into a unified structure now branded as the National Liberation Front (NLF), which is widely viewed as part of Ankara’s … Continue reading “Syria Rebel Coalition Defending Idlib Is a Wild Card for Turkey”

Why Saudi Arabia Has Pledged Funds for Syria’s SDF-Controlled Areas By Haid Haid - Sep 2, 2018

In a recent phone call with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, thanked him for the kingdom’s support of US-led stabilization efforts in northeast Syria. Saudi Arabia pledged $100 million to rehabilitate infrastructure and to restore services in areas captured by the US-backed and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic … Continue reading “Why Saudi Arabia Has Pledged Funds for Syria’s SDF-Controlled Areas”

The YPG’s Grip on Power Over the SDF Threatens to Tear Apart the Syria Coalition By Haid Haid - Aug 14, 2018

The withdrawal of US troops from northeastern Syria, announced in April, has raised concerns about the fate of the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Analysts have warned that the United States’ apparent intention to simply walk away, without establishing measures to protect the SDF, will embolden enemies, as the Syrian regime tries to regain … Continue reading “The YPG’s Grip on Power Over the SDF Threatens to Tear Apart the Syria Coalition”

The Cynical Ploy in Hezbollah Taking Charge of Repatriating Refugees to Syria By Haid Haid - Jul 12, 2018

The head of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, recently announced that his party will take the lead in repatriating Syrians refugees from Lebanon. While the group hinted that its efforts will be coordinated with Lebanese security forces, it may in fact be in sole charge. Either way, the announcement sent a clear message: Hezbollah is increasing its … Continue reading “The Cynical Ploy in Hezbollah Taking Charge of Repatriating Refugees to Syria”