Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) and its allies are working to invent for their supporters an explanation why they are loosing the battle for southern Idlib to the Syrian Army.
Late on December 24, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham leader Abu Muhammed al-Jolani released a video statement in which he blamed Iran and Russia for the recent setbacks of the “revolution” in Greater Idlib and threatened the world with consequences.
“The people of the Levant, Iraq, Yemen, and the Arab Gulf, specifically the Two Holy Sites land [Saudi Arabia], and the Turkish people, will bear its consequences. Its outcome will reflect on their lives, negatively or positively,” the prominent terrorist claimed hinting that this group could carry out terrroist attacks in the region after its defeat in Idlib.
He also claimed that his forces achieved many of their goas against the “regime” (mosty destroying Syrian economy and killing civilians) and is about to achieve the victory. However, Russia and Iran stand on their way. The Russian motivation, according to al-Jolani, is to restore “the glory of the USSR”. In this remark, he reflects the Western propaganda (against which he allegedly rejects) that also likes to compare the modern Russia with the ‘Big Bad USSR’.
A notable part of the speech was dedicated to accusing the Syrian-Iranian-Russian alliance of killing civilians in Greater Idlid. The prominent ‘opposition leader’ somehow forgot to say that the terrorists sabotage peaceful evacuation of civilians from the combat zone and de-escalation agreements.
As government forces are moving closer to Maarat al-Numan, the contradictions within Idlib militant groups are gorwing. Every organization seeks to invent some useful explanation why others are responsible for this defeat.
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