Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has reportedly looted a key pipeline in broad daylight, despite the recent corruption scandal.
Opposition activists shared on September 12 photos showing the terrorist group’s personnel disassembling a part of the pipeline near the town of al-Eis in southwestern Aleppo. The stolen pipes were later transported to an unknown location.
Earlier this week, prominent commander Abu al-Abd al-Ashda left HTS after releasing a video message exposing the terrorist group’s corruption.
In the video message, the former commander reveals that the group’s leadership has become obsessed with money and power and ignored a warning about a nearing Syrian military attack in northern Hama earlier this year.
Al-Ashda’s message led to a backlash against HTS. The criticism of the group will likely increase following the new pipeline scandal.
Facing the mounting pressure, the terrorist group didn’t shy away from using its “iron fist” to silence anyone who would dare to criticize its leadership. A day earlier, Ahmad Rahal, a media man known for supporting the group, was arrested simply for sharing al-Ashda’s message.