Ahmad Rahal, a media man well-known for supporting al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), was arrested on September 11 by the terrorist group’s security forces.
Opposition activists said a unit of HTS’ security forces stormed Rahal’s house in the morning. Rahal asked the militants to wait for his wife to wear her Hijab. However, the militants rushed into the house beating him and insulting his wife before dragging him to an unknown location.
According to many sources, Rahal was arrested for sharing the recent video message of former HTS commander Abu al-Abd al-Ashda. He was reportedly warned several times before his arrest.
In the video message, al-Ashda exposed the corruption of HTS AND how the group’s leadership became obsessed with power.
Rahal deleted the video message from his Telegram channel and posted an apology. However, this didn’t apparently satisfy HTS’ leadership.
Over the last two years, Rahal covered most of HTS’ attacks on Syrian government forces, shared the terrorist group’s propaganda and supported its leadership’s quest to control entire Greater Idlib.
The arrest of Rahal shows that even HTS’ biggest supporters are not safe anymore if they dare to criticize the group’s leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani.