Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and its so-called Salvation Government in Greater Idlib could be soon dissolved as a part of a Russian-Turkish agreement, the Syrian al-Watan newspaper reported on September 1, citing opposition sources.
According to the sources, HTS is now involved in talks with the National Front for Liberation (NFL) with the mediation of Turkish-backed Faylaq al-Sham.
Al-Watan claimed that the new ceasefire in Greater Idlib was a second chance given by Russia to Turkey to achieve the term of dissolving HTS, which was agreed upon before.
“Dissolving al-Nusra [HTS’ original name] is one of the main condition in the ceasefire agreements, the two parties [Russia and Turkey] agreed upon,” the newspaper’s report reads.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tyyip Erdogan on August 28, where the two leaders agreed to continue their efforts to find a solution for the situation in Greater Idlib.
Al-Watan’s report is in line with information revealed earlier this week by Salah al-Hamui, a former HTS commander who is now one of the biggest opponents of the group.
So far, HTS has not commented on the new ceasefire agreement. The terrorist group’s leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani is an infamous hardliner, who rejected similar political solutions before.