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Even Opposition Admits Hayat Tahrir al-Sham ‘May Have’ Chemical Weapons

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Even Opposition Admits Hayat Tahrir al-Sham 'May Have' Chemical Weapons

Khalid al-Mahamid during the interview on the al-Arabiya al-Hadath TV

The former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), is in possession of advanced weapon systems, that may include chemical weapons, Khalid al-Mahamid, a prominent figure of the Syrian opposition, admitted during a recent interview with the al-Arabiya al-Hadath TV.

“Al-Nusra [the original name of HTS] possess advanced weapons … Maybe chemical weapons … Maybe long-range rockets,” al-Mahamid said in the interview, which was broadcasted on May 11.

The opposition leader added that he personally has information on these “advanced weapons” and on what countries provided HTS with them.

Al-Mahamid is known as the godfather of the reconciliation process in southern Syria, which was agreed upon in 2018. The UAE-based businessman persuaded thousands of former FSA fighters in the governorates of Daraa and al-Quneitra to join the ranks of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Corps.

During the recent interview, al-Mahamid acknowledged that many sides had warned the Syrian opposition from HTS’ presence in Idlib. He also held Turkey responsible for the terrorist group’s growing influence in the northern Syrian governorate.

“We, as an opposition, bear a part of the responsibility, in all international meetings there was figures warning us from al-Nusra and how to deal with it,” al-Mahamid said.

Last year, al-Mahamid said in a similar interview that there is an “an international agreement” to eliminate HTS in Idlib, claiming that the U.S. had approved the agreement, which was organized by Russia.

Al-Mahamid’s remarks are in line with recent reports by Russian, Lebanese and Syrian sources, who claimed that HTS had received chemical weapons from foreign powers in order to stage an attack in Idlib. A chemical attack could justify a military action by the U.S. and its allies against Damascus government forces.

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  • Tudor Miron

    Oops!
    No it’s time to reveal who’s supplying them.

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      why you did not know up to now?

      • You can call me Al

        I think you need an edit.

        • Promitheas Apollonious

          dont follow what you mean.

          • You can call me Al

            Sorry, I must have been tired, the comment makes perfect sense now, but at the time, it did not.

            My apologies.

      • Tudor Miron

        I did but it will be nice to hear it from “opposition” leader.

    • You can call me Al
      • Tudor Miron

        Shameless snakeheads.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Whats wrong with that?

  • Xoli Xoli

    Who ever supports or harboring HTS =Alqaida=Al Nusra should be eliminated.Attack Turkey military convoy unleashed hell on it.

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      you can’t do it. so you want somebody else to do it for you oli

  • seawolf

    I think Idlib shares boundaries with Turkey, and there is a history of such deliveries in the past, if I am correct.

  • Brother Ma

    So the Turks were the Porters for the zioaraboyankees until their falling out and now are the prime supporters. So what ! We knew that then so Russia and Syria..!bombthe f out of the headchoppers and Turco soldiers and send them all scurrying back to erdoganistan! Lets see how erfogan will love having these brutes back on home soil. Should be fun for him and his supporters. Russia etc! Just do it!

    • Mustafa Mehmet

      Just do it not just say it.. turkey will end up in Damascus. this time for gd.. siziro

  • Smaug

    Dude! This guy is a Rebel defector. HTS would hold him a traitor, and even if he were still a Rebel he would still be against HTS. His words might as well have come from Assad himself.

    • Bob

      There are no rebels – they are terrorists and jihadists. The domestic Syrian militant factions largely originate from within the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, an organization that has engaged in terrorist activities against regional Arab states for decades, and the rest of the Syrian based militant factions are comprised of foreign imports – mercenaries and extremist proxies.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    Just say it and be done with it, Erdogan’s supplying the CW to HTS and others, and he’s also the one supporting Isis.