The General Security Directorate of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) claimed on September 30 that its units had uncovered and dismantled “Russian” explosive devices.
In a brief statement, the General Security said that the two explosive devices were planted in Idlib city, which is occupied by HTS.
The two explosive devices don’t identify with anything known to be in service with the Russian military or even Russian intelligence. It remains unclear how HTS’ security forces were able to determine that they were “Russian.”
HTS’ General Security have been very active recently. On September 25, the agency claimed that it had captured a Syrian intelligence cell in Idlib city. On September 26, the agency announced the elimination of a senior ISIS leader in western Idlib.
The General Security is supposedly directed by the so-called Salvation Government, which was founded by HTS in 2017.
HTS is working to tighten its grip on Greater Idlib. The al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorist group is hiding behind proxies like the Salivation Government and its General Security do.
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