Gregory Waters is a non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute and a research analyst at the Counter Extremism Project. His work focuses on the Syrian regime’s security forces, primarily utilizing open source research to assess the capabilities and structure of the Syrian Arab Army and allied militias. He has also written about local governance initiatives in opposition, Turkish, and regime-held Syria and tracks Islamic State developments in central Syria. He has previously been published by the Atlantic Council, Bellingcat, openDemocracy, and the International Review.
A man rides his bicycle in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah, the former Syrian capital of the Islamic State
Editor’s Note: This Terrain Analysis is part 19 of “ISIS 2020” – a series of briefings about the current status