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On February 25, the US military carried out airstrikes in eastern Syria that targeted Iran-backed Shia militias. The move is the first military action under the Joe Biden Administration. The retaliatory strike comes after a rocket attack on February 15 near the Erbil Airport that killed a US military contractor and injured several, including a US service member. With nuclear negotiations on the horizon, what will this mean for the Biden administration’s ongoing effort to re-engage Iran?

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Abdulrahman al-Masri is a nonresident fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs, focusing on the Syrian conflict and its regional impact. His research areas include conflict dynamics and management, ethnic conflict, civil-military relations, defense and security sector reform in authoritarian contexts, and US foreign and defense policies towards the Middle East.

Based in Ottawa, al-Masri previously worked as a research fellow and project advisor at the SecDev Foundation, where he supported digital safety programming with research on information warfare and the ICT risk environment in Syria. Prior to that, he worked as a research analyst at the SecDev Group, a private consultancy, providing research and analysis on conflict situational environments in the Middle East and North Africa. Between 2013-2014, he was a lead reporter at Syria Direct, an Amman-based media organization, covering the political and military developments of the Syrian conflict.

Al-Masri’s work has appeared in The Arab Weekly, News Deeply, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, the Carnegie Endowment, Open Canada, and USA Today, among others. Al-Masri holds an MA in Political Studies from Queen’s University and a BA in Political Science and Religion from Carleton University. He also previously studied banking and finance at the University of Damascus.