Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Conducts Drills Preparing For New Round Of Escalation In Idlib (Photos)

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On November 7, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, announced that its “elite force” had held military drills in the western countryside of Idlib. Photos released by the radical group shows that battle tanks and other heavy weapons participated in the drills.

According to the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi, the drills were held in the area of Jabal Zawiya, which is not covered by the demilitarized zone around the governorate of Idlib. The zone was established under the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement.

The drills were a clear threat to the Damascus government and its allies. However, local observers believe that HTS is way weaker than government forces, which have defeated the radical group in every single battle since the beginning of the Russian military campaign in Syria in 2015.

Earlier this year, HTS suffered from a humiliating defeat, when the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies captured dozens of villages in southeastern Idlib and southwestern Aleppo. Then, the radical group failed to recapture any position and lost hundreds of its fighters and loads of equipment.

Another large-scale battle with the SAA will likely destroy most of HTS’ assets leaving the radical group with fa ew isolated cells, similar to the sitaution, which is now faced by ISIS.

Photos of HTS’ drills:

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Conducts Drills Preparing For New Round Of Escalation In Idlib (Photos)

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  • gustavo

    The terrorist are the only ones that obtained benefits form Russia-Turkey agreement. Russia must stop doing fool agreements with terrorists supporters (Turkey) and take (together with Syria-Hezbolah-Iran) over Idlib area to get rid of terrorists, point….., or…… are you afraid of USA-NATO attack ?

    • Rüdiger Preiss

      Everything in time – it will be liberated, have faith. Syrians are not the type of hot headed people who dive in head first. With brain and planning a lot of lives can be saved ;)

      • Mustafa Mehmet

        first time you start thinking about civilian life ? I wonder .saa used to Attacks he’s own people with chemical .why Change now

        • Rüdiger Preiss

          Hi Mustafa, the SAA never attacked anyone with chemical weapons, not their own people nor anyone else. It’s a lie we were meant to believe so FUKUS would have a reason for their presence and attacks in Syria.

    • Floyd Hazzard

      They Syrians are just as foolish. They are beginning to accept the reestablished of the consulates of those that armed the rebels. Guess the terrorists will now have legitimate on-the-ground coordinators, and NATO and Israel will have good intelligence.

      • Rüdiger Preiss

        If they were foolish they’d be long gone and would have ended up in a similar fashion as Libya. If they were foolish, they’d have accepted a ‘peace’ deal like Jordan has and eaten whatever the Zionist would have served them. They would have been treated like dogs in a cage outside the house. The Zionist would have loved that.

  • R Trojson

    Russia clearly supports these terrorists. Wonder if Russia is also providing money, ammunition and arms.

    • Garga

      Yes, Russia does all that, plus training and airlift. Not only for HTS, but ISIS, FSA, SDF, MEK, AQAP and others. Russia looks for paper-thin excuses to attack and invade weaker and defenceless countries and is obsessed with regime change and loves to bomb civilians.

      Russia’s crazy, narcissistic and megalomaniac president sanctions every country who doesn’t submit and breaks all the agreements they signed and accepted before. Also Russia backs warmonger regimes like Saudi Arabia and Israel. All that because Russia’s president, his administration and their whole Senate and most of congress are traitor dual citizens who put another country’s orders before their own’s interests. Their pilots and navies are bunch of pansies who cry and whine about other countries’ “unprofessional” pilots and ships getting too close to them…

      …erm… Russia is the country sandwiched between Canada and Mexico, right?

      • Promitheas Apollonious

        very well put bravo.

      • Concrete Mike

        Well said…this guys parents should have used a trojan eons ago

        • abuqahwa

          Well he names himself as son of a condom !

    • Merijn

      No Cunt….wtf are you doing in here Brainless piece of shit…..go Get your $hekels & Fuck off…come up with some evidence Retard..

    • Rüdiger Preiss

      Lol! R Trojson, next time make sure you have a clear head before you are ‘wondering’ :D

  • Concrete Mike

    Look at those go pro wearing goat fuckers… thata our tax dollars at work folks….the democracy spreading fighters need our support…our so called “leaders” say.

    • Brother Ma

      Didnt’you know Mike. Rag- tage armies find tanks,new uniforms and go -pros on trees. Yes,because these hts are home ,-grown dissatisfied with Assad! Is there no end to zioamerican lies!

      • Concrete Mike

        LOL the trees of course!!!! And all i get out of my trees is maple syrup..

  • iosongasingsing

    The Israelis are busy training them so that they slaughter and torture as many Syrians as possible.

  • Merijn

    Eliminate every Al-Qaeda-HTS-Western-Backed-Headchopper…don’t let them escape Idlib… send them straight to their 72-year-old-Virgins….