Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has expanded its forces with three new brigades, taking advantage of the ceasefire in Greater Idlib.
In an official statement released on April 14, the terrorist group listed the new brigades as it follows:
- The Talhah ibn Ubaydullah Brigade, led by Abu Hafs Binnish;
- The Ali ibn Abi Talib Brigade, led by Abu Baker Mheen;
- The Zubayr ibn al-Awam Brigade, led by Abu Mohamad Shura.
HTS didn’t reveal why the new brigades were formed or any information about the number of fighters in their ranks.
The terrorist group has been taking advantage of the new ceasefire in Greater Idlib, brokered by Russia and Turkey on March 5, to rebuild its military capabilities.
Last month, HTS launched a large recruitment campaign to revive its depleted special forces, the “Red Bands,” as well as its Inghimasi [suicide] force. The group also stepped up the training of new recruits.
HTS’ military buildup reveals the real intentions of the terrorist group, which is preparing for a new battle against the Syrian Army and its allies. Last March, the group rejected the Russian-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib vowing to continue the fight.