BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:40 P.M.) – On Monday, one of the largest factions within Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) announced it would not fight for the Al-Qaeda affiliated group before infighting between rival jihadist groups was halted indefinitely.
The Al-Tamkeen Brigade, once the backbone of Ahrar Al-Sham but now an integral part of HTS, said it in an online bulletin that rival groups should put their differences aside and unite against a common enemy, namely the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
It is not yet known how the HTS leadership will respond to the Al-Tamkeen Brigade’s statement.
HTS and Ahrar Al-Sham have been at odds with one another for some time in the Idlib governorate, thereby causing a surge in the number of arrests and car bombs across the northwestern province. HTS has also clashed repeatedly with Jaish Al-Islam in the East Ghouta.
The Al-Tamkeen Brigade left Ahrar Al-Sham last since and since joined HTS when a coalition of jihadist groups merged in January, 2017.