Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham Leader Resigned Over Terrorist Group’s Failures Against Syrian Government Forces

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On October 1, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced in an official statement that its leader Abu Jaber Shaykh have resigned from his position. Abu Jaber was named the leader of HTS back when it was established on January 28. The appointment of Abu Jaber was described by a Syrian opposition activist as a “propaganda stunt” by HTS to promote itself as a moderate armed group.

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Leader Resigned Over Terrorist Group's Failures Against Syrian Government Forces

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In the statement HTS announced also that Abu Mohammad al-Julani replaced al-Skha as its leader. Al-Julani was before the “top military commander” of HTS. However, opposition activists said that al-Julani has been a de-facto leader of HTS since the beginning.

Furthermore, HTS announced that Abu Jaber was appointed as the head of its Shura Council that’s responsible for HTS internal issues mainly. It’s believed that HTS is trying by this move to place a responsibility on the supposed the Abu Jaber administration for its latest mistakes including the HTS-leaks, and the failed attack in the northern Hama countryside.

Meanwhile, Ibn Taymiyyah Battalions announced its defection from HTS in an official statement. Ibn Taymiyyah Battalions claimed that it took its decision in response to the HTS-leaks that showed how the HTS leadership disrespected its religious scholars.

Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham Leader Resigned Over Terrorist Group's Failures Against Syrian Government Forces

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However, pro-HTS activists claimed that the defection of Ibn Taymiyyah Battalions and the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement became possible because HTS took the weapons of these group without their approval. On September 19, HTS indeed used a T-90 battle tank that was previously captured by the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement in Aleppo from government forces.

On September 29, another militant group, Liwa Shuhada al-Ghab, announced its defection from HTS.

These defections will not likely have any significant impact on HTS, as HTS accepted these groups in the first place only to take over their weapons, especially the weapons that were supplied by the United States (for example TOW ATGMs).

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  • phoenix

    Does that mean no white helmets (who are a sub-branch of HTS) propaganda from now on?
    https://sarahabed.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/white-helmets-2-ok-that-was-a-good-take.jpg?w=620

    • Alex

      isn’t this one from mannequin challenge, i know that white helmets are fake but also is this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgl271A6LgQ

      • Yeah of course, they cannot rescue actual civilians, but can spend unlimited amounts of time and money on FAKE rescue films (or Mannequin challenges as you call it) to fool Americans and others

        • Alex

          true

        • FlorianGeyer

          The White Helmets often appear in very new and clean uniforms which is unusual in the scenario they portray :)

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      The mannequin is a sub commander in al Denki up until Kahn Sheik Khoun was his last one for the White helmets.