Sami al-Uraydi is a senior sharia official for Hurras al-Din (HAD). Al-Uraydi previously was involved in terrorist plots against the United States and Israel. Al-Uraydi is a member of HAD’s shura, the group’s senior decision-making body. Al-Uraydi was al-Nusrah Front’s senior sharia official from 2014 to 2016, and left the group in 2016.
Hurras al-Din is an al-Qa’ida-affiliated group that emerged in Syria in early 2018 after several factions broke away from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). HAD leadership, including al-Uraydi remains loyal to AQ and its leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.