Ansar Al-Tawhid Defects From Al-Qaeda-led Operations Room In Greater Idlib

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Ansar Al-Tawhid Defects From Al-Qaeda-led Operations Room In Greater Idlib

The batch of an Ansar al-Tawhid terrorist that was killed by the SAA. Click to see full-size image

Ansar al-Tawhid, one of the active terrorist groups in Syria’s Greater Idlib, has withdrawn from the al-Qaeda-led Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room.

In an official statement released on May 3, the group stated that it now has no allegiance to any other group inside or outside of Syria.

“We are not a part of any operations room and we have no alliance with any group or faction,” the statement reads.

The terrorist group added that it will continue its operations in Greater Idlib, independently or in cooperation with other factions in the region.

Ansar al-Tawhid was established on March 2, 2018 by Abu Diyab al-Sarmini, an ex-commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). The group was found by the reformation of Jund al-Aqsa, a group that was known for being affiliated with ISIS.

In October of 2018, Ansar al-Tawhid and several other terrorist groups in Greater Idlib, including Horas al-Din, formed the Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room. Together the terrorist groups carried out attacks on government forces and plotted to sabotage many peaceful agreements.

Russian and Syrian government forces inflicted heavy losses on the poorly-financed group in the last two years. The group was also targeted by the U.S.-led coalition on August 31 of last year. At least 30 members of the group were killed in the strike.

The Ansar al-Tawhid withdrawal from the Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room is a sign of a growing crisis among militants in Greater Idlib. The group is likely planning to resume military operations against government forces, or even to attack other groups in the region.

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