On November 17, the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nursa, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) reached a full reconciliation agreement, according to the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a. The two groups signed a preliminary ceasefire agreement on November 12.
According to the new reconciliation agreement, the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) will form a joint committee to solve all the problems between them. Al-Zenki and HTS will also release all the fighters who have captured during the recent clashes. They will also retreat to their initial positions in the Aleppo countryside, according to the agreement.
Most notably, al-Zenki and HTS will form a new “joint operation room” to intensify their operations against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.
The agreement between Al-Zenki and HTS is a perfect example of how such radical Islamist groups can overcome any differences they have, including killing each other, thanks to the radical ideology they share. This ideology is also the same reason why it is impossible to fully separate such radical groups from each other.
In a separated development, Syrian opposition sources reported that an Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle (UCAV) targeted a car near the sugar company in the eastern part of Idlib city on November 17. According to reports, two Turkistan fighters who were inside the car were killed in the airstrike.
Only the US, Iran and Turkey are openly operating UCAVs in Syria. The fact that the airstrike targeted the Turkistan fighters suggests that Turkey was behind it. Turkey is currently trying to limit the influence of foreign Jihadists in Idlib governorate.