A group of Jihadists from Khorasan, an Islamic name for Pakistan and Afghanistan, called on militants to defect from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in a new statement.
HTS, which was a main branch of al-Qaeda, is currently ruling over the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
In the statement, which was released on September 20, the jihadists accused HTS and its leader, Abu Mohamad al-Julani, of following the same “depraved” path of ISIS.
“Al-Julani has become an oppressor, a corrupter,” the jihadist said in the statement, adding that al-Julani has “broken the pledge of allegiance [to al-Qaeda], obsessed Mujahedeen, broke up their ranks, prevented them from working against the Nusayris [Syrian army], silenced their voices, imprisoned them and raided their homes.”
The jihadists also slammed al-Julani for making concessions to the West, including HTS’ decision to allow the Turkish military into Greater Idlib.
HTS is working to assert its dominance over Greater Idlib and attempting to appease the West by cracking down on other jihadi groups in the region. Earlier this year, the group engaged in a serious conflict with Horas al-Din and other al-Qaeda-affiliated groups.
The terrorists group also arrested a number of al-Qaeda-affiliated figures, including French jihadists Omar Diaby.
Al-Julani’s war on foreign jihadists in Syria has apparently began to provoke al-Qaeda’s “old guards.” This may have serious consequences on HTS’ unity.
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