On April 1, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS; formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) and the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF) reached a new ceasefire agreement that covers all of their positions in northern Syria, according to the pro-opposition media outlet Baladi News.
The media outlet claimed that the US and Turkish-backed Faylaq al-Sham had played a key role in the ceasefire agreement along with many local figures who had pressured both sides to accept the agreement.
HTS and the SLF reached a similar ceasefire agreement on March 9. However, the agreement collapsed after 48 hours only. Later, a second ceasefire was implemented, but also failed within a few days.
Syrian pro-government activists believe that these ceasefires are aimed at facilitating the deployment of Turkish forces in the governorates of Aleppo and Idlib. Turkey is planning to establish more observation posts in these two governorates under the Astana agreement with Russia and Iran.
Just like the previous two ceasefires, the new one will be shaky. To this day, HTS and the SLF appear to be unable to find a common ground to end the so-called “war of abolition”, that began on February 19.