DAMASCUS, SYRIA (2:20 P.M.) – Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a rare propaganda video on Wednesday showing off its military activities in southern Syria, especially during the ‘Death Rather than Humiliation’ offensive that began on February 12 and led to several months of deadly skirmishes that eventually died out over the summer following a UN-brokered de-escalation agreement.
Arguably the last succesful rebel offensive in Syria, HTS bragged about dozens of jihadist suicide bombings and tunnel bombings which initially served to break through the government defensive line and resulted in jihadist forces overrunning most of the Al-Manshiyah suburb and some of the neighboring Daraa Al-Bilad district.
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In addition to the battle footage, HTS criticised the political involvement of both the US and Jordan, two countries that were heavily involved in negotiating the Daraa safe zone which since then has significantly limited the number of firefights in the provincial capital.
HTS also underlined its presence in Daraa since 2012; at the time, the Al-Qaeda aligned group was known as Jabhat Al-Nusra. After being designated a terror organization by most countries worldwide, the group decided to rebrand itself as ‘Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham’ and later HTS, likely to cover up its ties with Al-Qaeda and, according to some sources, receive military aid from Gulf states whom wish to topple Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.