Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has arrested notorious French jihadist Omar Diaby in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
Diaby’s group, Firqat al-Ghuraba, said he was arrested with other jihadists after being summoned to a Sharia court of HTS on August 29. Diaby was asked to hold a reconciliation agreement with other jihadists.
On September 1, HTS confirmed that Diaby was arrested by its security forces. Later, the group revealed in a statement that the French terrorist was taken into custody for establishing a self-administration in an area held by his group.
“He run his own miniature administration for the people of his area, which includes most of the civil procedures related to personal status such as marriage, divorce and transactions,” the statement reads.
HTS also accused Diaby, which is also known as “Omar Omsen,” of running his own jail and court in his area in Greater Idlib.
Diaby, 41, move to fight for al-Qaeda in Syria in 2013. According to French authorities Diaby was behind the recruitment of 80% of French-speaking jihadists in Syria and Iraq. In 2016, Diaby was recognized by the U.S. as a specially designated global terrorist.
The arrest of Diaby is the most recent episode in HTS ongoing campaign against foreign Jihadists in Greater Idlib. Last month, the terrorist group arrested American journalist Bilal Abdul Kareem and British aid worker Tauqir Sharif. These arrests appear to be an attempt to appease the West.
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