On August 30, a commander of Ahrar al-Sham and representatives of the Russian Hmeimim Reconciliation Center held a meeting to discuss a possible reconciliation agreement in southern Aleppo, according to pro-government sources.
The Ahrar al-Sham commander was representing only 300 fighters and their families who were besieged by Hayʼat Taḥrīr al-Shām (HTS) in the southern Aleppo countryside. This revealed that HTS and Ahrar al-Sham didn’t settle their agreement for real yet.
Ahrar al-Sham commander demanded that the area under its control was added to the de-escalation agreement, or his fighters to granted safe passage via the goverment-held to area to the area under the Ahrar al-Sham control in Idlib.
The Russian representative refused both suggestions because of a lack of guarantees from the Ahrar al-Sham side. An alternative solution was proposed by the Russian side. According to the proposal, Ahrar al-Sham had to hand over their weapons to the SAA and to agree for a full reconciliation deal.
“We are ready to offer help, however it is better for you to hand over your weapons and to surrender to the Syrian Arab Army, and we can provide all assistance for your families,” the Russian representative told the Ahrar al-Sham commander, according to the Syrian “Breaking News” news agency.
The Ahrar al-Sham commander agreed considering the Russian offer and was given time to discuss it with his fighters, according to the report.
This case shows a catastrophic damage that Ahrar al-Sham is suffering from its last battle with HTS. Many experts believe that Ahrar al-Sham is now just a shadow of its past, or even an empty name.