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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

With Syria’s Economy and Currency in Crisis, Assad Turns to Extortion By Haid Haid - Feb 13, 2020

Attention to Syria has slipped. The gaze of the world, when cast toward the Middle East, now hovers over Libya, lingers on Lebanon and then alights on Iraq, Israel, Palestine and elsewhere. There is much misery in the region competing for attention. That said, suffering has not abated in Syria, either. Conditions continue to deteriorate … Continue reading “With Syria’s Economy and Currency in Crisis, Assad Turns to Extortion”

Are ISIS Prisoners Still Under Secure Guard In Syria? By Haid Haid - Nov 21, 2019

The ongoing Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria presents the worrying prospect of many captured ISIS fighters taking advantage of the chaos to escape and return to the battlefield. Caught between the Turkish army and the Syrian regime they have fought against for eight years, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces admit that securing ISIS prisoners is now a “second priority” for … Continue reading “Are ISIS Prisoners Still Under Secure Guard In Syria?”

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”