The General Security directorate of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) claimed on September 24 that it had apprehended a cell of the Syrian intelligence.
In a statement, Wissam al-Ayoubi, a commander in the General Security, said the cell’s members were apprehended in Idlib city after close monitoring and with help from the locals.
According to al-Ayoubi, the cell’s two members carried out a series of attacks in Idlib city upon orders from the Syrian intelligence. The men were allegedly behind a recent explosion that took place in one of Idlib’s main roundabouts.
HTS’ General Security released blurred photos of the cell’s members. The terrorist group is yet to reveal the names of the two men, which raises serious questions about its claims.
In the last two years, HTS arrested dozens of civilians after accusing them of paying for the Syrian intelligence. Many were executed by the terrorist group. No evidence was ever presented to the public.
By publicly announcing such arrests, HTS is trying to intimidate its opponents in Greater Idlib, especially government supporters.
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