Foreign terrorists in Syria reaffirmed their support to Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) [the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria] in a joint statement released on February 6.
“Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, represented by its leadership and fighters, is the dignity of Ahl al-Sunnah [followers of the Sunni sect] in Bilad al-Sham [the Levant] … We stand united with it,” the statement reads.
The statement was signed by the leaders of several terrorist groups, including Abu Omar al-Turkstani, leader of the Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), Abu Salah al-Uzbaki, leader of the al-Tawhid and al-Jihad Brigade, and Abu Mohamad al-Daghstani, leader of Jaish al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar.
The agreement strengthens HTS’ positions as the main supporter of foreign terrorists in Syria, especially that it comes after the group’s recent disrepute with al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din. The two groups reportedly reached a 10-point reconciliation agreement last week.
However, HTS’s conflict with some prominent foreign jihadi figures in Syria continued to escalate, especially after the resignation of prominent Egyptian jihadi cleric, Abu al-Yaqzan al-Masri.