Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) continues to take advantage of Greater Idlib ceasefire by recruiting and training new fighters.
On March 20, HTS’ news network, Iba’a, released photos showing live fire drills by the group’s new recruits. The fighters were trained to conduct offensive operations and to use a variate of weapons, including heavy machine guns.
The terrorist group stepped up its recruitment and traning efforts following the March 5 Russia-Turkish agreement on Greater Idlib.
Last week, HTS launched a large recruitment campaign to revive its depleted special forces, known as the “Red Bands.” The group also asked for new volunteers in its Inghimasi force, a unit responsible for suicide attacks.
HTS is, without doubts, preparing for a possible military confrontation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies in Greater Idlib. The Russian-Turkish brokered agreement may collapse in a few weeks as Ankara is yet to fulfill any of its commitments.