Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, al-Qaeda’s former branch in Syria, has ramped up its recruitment campaigns throughout Greater Idlib.
Enab Baladi, a pro-opposition news outlet, said that the terrorist group is now working to recruit new militants into the ranks of its units, mainly the Army of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the Army of Omar ibn al-Khattab, the Army of Othman bin Affan and the Army of Ali bin Abi Talib.
“The said armies are considered special forces, which HTS rely on in the special operations it carries out against the positions of the Syrian regime around Idlib,” a report by the outlet reads.
HTS’ so-called Salvation Government is also involved in the recruitment efforts. On September 5, the government held a conference titled “Jahid Binafsik” [meaning fight with yourself], calling on the youth to join the terrorist group.
Hundreds of HTS’ commanders and fighters were reportedly killed or injured in northern Hama and southern Idlib over the last four months.
These recruitment campaigns don’t only highlight the heavy losses HTS suffered from during the recent battles with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), but also confirm that the terrorist group is not planning to dissolve itself as some recent reports have claimed.