Bassel Heidar is a Middle East Research Assistant with ACLED. Part of the Syria Project, Mr. Heidar also holds a degree in Economics and is currently completing his Masters at Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Bassel is fluent in English and Dutch, and he is an Arabic native speaker.

Is Ahrar al Sham Still Fighting the Regime?

Ahrar al Sham (AAS) has been a major player in the Syrian conflict since the group was formed in December 2011. Bringing together a number of Syrian Islamist groups to fight under a single structure, AAS’ primary stated objective was to bring an end to the Assad regime and see the establishment of a Sunni Islamist state in Syria (Stanford, 2017).[1]…