Several leaders of the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), began selling their properties in the northern governorate of Idlib ahead of a long-awaited attack of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies, the al-Modon news outlet reported on September 6.
“Leaders and princes of Hay’at [HTS] began selling their property – restaurants, farms and commercial markets – fearing any battle or an unexpected scenario that may lead to the expulsion of Hay’at from Idlib… The most prominent leaders of Hay’at offered their property for sale secretly. So, they don’t spread panic among their supporters,” a source familiar with the situation told the Lebanese news outlet.
According to the source, “Abu Malik al-Tali,” a prominent leader of HTS, sold a shopping mall, which he had owned in the city of Idlib, while the infamous “Abu Maria al-Qahtani” sold several restaurants in the northern Idlib countryside. Many low ranking commanders of the radical group are also selling their property.
Several previous reports had predicted that the upcoming attack of the SAA and its allies on the opposition-held areas in northwestern Syria will mark the end of HTS, especially that Turkey added the radical group to its torero list only few days ago.