On June 18, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) Amjad media network shared a new video release showcasing the terrorist group’s military forces as some modern, professional, organized army.
The flashy 5-minute video, dubbed “Solid Will,” highlights improvements in the military wing of HTS, the de-facto ruler of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
Recently, the terrorist group reorganized its forces in ten main brigades:
- The Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Brigade;
- The Omar Ibn al-Khattab Brigade;
- The Othman bin Affan Brigade;
- The Ali bin Abi Talib Brigade;
- The al-Zubair bin al-Awwam Brigade;
- The Abdul Rahman bin Auf Brigade;
- The Abu Ubaidah bin al-Jarrah Brigade;
- The Saeed bin Zaid Brigade;
- The Talha bin Obaid Allah Brigade;
- The Saad bin Abi Waqas Brigade.
HTS claims that each of the ten brigades can operate independently as it has its own infantry, armor, supply and fire support units.
The video release also shades light on the intense training of HTS personnel and field commanders. The group’s special forces, known as the “Red Band,” also made an appearance in the video, promising to launch attacks “behind enemy lines” in any upcoming battle in Greater Idlib.
The terrorist group also claimed in the video release that it had improved its command and control structure and boosted its recruitment efforts.
Solid Will is clearly meant to portray HTS’ military forces as a modern, professional, organized army defending people in Greater Idlib. Attempts to whitewash the al-Qaeda-affiliated group and present its as a “moderate” force have been ongoing for a few years now.
This is not the first such released by HTS. The group released similar videos and made the exact same claims before. Nevertheless, during the December 2019–March 2020 Greater Idlib battle the group was humiliated by the Syrian Arab Army and its allies, first and foremost the Russian Aerospace Forces. If it was not for the direct Turkish intervention the group would have been gone now.
The cinematic effects in HTS’ new video release are without a doubt impressive. However, B-rolls and cinematic aspect ratios will not help the group’s tacticool terrorists the next time a 500 kilogram bomb is dropped on them by Syrian or Russian warplanes.
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