BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The Al-Qaeda linked Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham group suffered another setback, Sunday, when a large faction defected from the jihadist coalition in favor of joining rival Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

The Ansar Al-Shariyah Regiment, which operates mostly in northern Hama, released a statement on Sunday that confirmed their defection from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

Ansar Al-Shariyah’s defection on Sunday marks the third time in four weeks that a jihadist faction has ditched the Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham coalition for Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham in the Hama and Idlib governorates.

According to a military source in Damascus, the defections might be linked to the upcoming Astana Peace Talks, where HTS could be designated as a terrorist group by the Syrian opposition delegation.

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So Ansar Al-Shariyah Regiment is turning to the Saudis…

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“Ahrar al-Sham has defined itself in this way:
The Islamic Movement of the Free Men of the Levant is an Islamist, reformist, innovative and comprehensive movement. It is integrated with the Islamic Front and is a comprehensive and Islamic military, political and social formation. It aims to completely overthrow the Assad regime in Syria and build an Islamic state whose only sovereign, reference, ruler, direction, and individual, societal and nationwide unifier is Allah Almighty’s Sharia (law)”-Wikipedia
=> Well, for sure, Ahrar al-Shame are as ‘moderate rebels’ as Nusra 😉

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“According to the International Crisis Group in 2012, Ahrar al-Sham, along with the al-Nusra Front, has “embraced the language of jihad and called for an Islamic state based on Salafi principles.”[4] The group has a Syrian leadership and “emphasizes that its campaign is for Syria, not for a global jihad”.[12] However, according to US intelligence officials, a few al-Qaeda members released from prisons by the Syrian government have been able to influence actions of the group, and install operatives within the senior ranks of Ahrar al-Sham.[47][48][49] Such ties were not disclosed publicly until January 2014, when a former senior leader… Read more »