Muaz A. is a Syrian researcher with experience in providing security analysis to non-profit organizations implementing projects in Syria. With a civil engineering background, his research focuses on reconstruction efforts in the transitional phase in Syria.

A Sudden Surfacing of Strength: Evaluating the Possibility of an IS Resurgence in Iraq and Syria

Evaluating an IS Resurgence The historical moment in which the Islamic State (IS) exploded into global infamy was unique. In 2011, three years before the emergence of the caliphate, the Arab Spring had begun to destabilize political orders across the Middle East. In Syria, the uprising quickly morphed into a full-fledged civil war. Fighters from…

The State of Syria: Q4 2019 – Q1 2020

In this edition of ACLED’s State of Syria infographic series, Syria Research Manager Muaz A. maps key developments in the Syrian conflict during the last quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020. Past editions and further analysis of the Syrian conflict can be found here. For an explanation of ACLED’s methodology for mapping territorial…

Syria Enters Its 10th Year of War

On 15 March 2020, Syria entered its 10th year of war. Although ACLED data show an overall decrease in violence over the course of 2019, the war in Syria remains the most active conflict in the world,1 and one of the deadliest for civilians. In the year since 15 March 2019, ACLED records almost 19,000…

The (Re)Conquest of Northern Syria

Turkey’s recent assault in northeastern Syria, which follows months of regime consolidation in the northwest, has the potential to even further advance regime gains across Syria. In the third quarter of 2019, the Syrian regime and its allies finally made substantial territorial gains against rebel and Islamist groups in northern Hama and southern Idleb provinces…

Mid-Year Update: 10 Conflicts to Worry About in 2019

In our special report on 10 conflicts to worry about in 2019, ACLED assessed the state of political violence and protest across critical flashpoints in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, providing both an overview of 2018’s developments and a preview of what to watch for in the new year. Our Mid-Year Update revisits these…

Counter-punch: Syrian opposition pushes back against regime offensive in Northwest Syria

On 3 May 2019, Syrian regime forces launched a ground offensive in the opposition-held greater Idleb area. The campaign, backed by the Russian Air Force and various pro-regime militias, focuses on parts of Hama, Idleb, Aleppo, and Lattakia. The multi-pronged offensive was designed to overwhelm opposition forces to consolidate the regime’s territorial gains: these gains…