Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has reorganized all of its units in northwestern Syria in three newly formed “armies” named “Abu Bakr,” “Uthman” and “Omar,” the Syrian Step News agency reported on September 30.
A source familiar with the situation told the pro-opposition news agency that a military commander of HTS known as “Mukhtar al-Turki” was behind the idea of forming these three armies. According to the source, al-Turki wanted to integrate HTS fighters who recently withdrew from Eastern Ghouta, Northern Homs and southern Syria.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the formation of these armies is one of several steps HTS is taking before announcing its stand on the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement on the government of Idlib.
Syrian opposition sources revealed that an internal disagreement has emerged between the “moderate” and “radical” wings within HTS leadership over accepting or rejecting the deconfliction agreement.
The fact that the radical wing within the HTS is against the agreement and these new military measures suggest that the radicals are preparing for war, not for peace.