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Struggle For Power In Greater Idlib: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham To Expel Senior Chechen Leader

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Struggle For Power In Greater Idlib: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham To Expel Senior Chechen Leader

Muslim Abu Walid al-Shishani while leading an offensive in northern Lattakia in 2014.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has asked senior Chechen leader Muslim Abu Walid al-Shishani to join its ranks or leave the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib along with its militants within a month, several Syrian opposition sources reported on June 27.

Al-Shishani, whose real name is Murad Iraklievich Margoshvili, is a Georgian citizen. He reportedly fought against Russian government forces in the First and Second Chechen Wars.

The terrorist arrived in Syria to fight government forces around ten years ago. Today, he leads a group of Chechen and Lebanese militants known as Junud al-Sham. The terrorist group was formed by him in 2012. The group is mainly active in the militant-held pocket in the northern Lattakia countryside.

According to Bilal Abdul Kareem, who runs the On the Ground News outlet from Greater Idlib, al-Shishani had rejected HTS’ demands. This may lead to a confrontation between HTS and Junud al-Sham.

HTS’ move was surprising as al-Shishani was never a foe of the terrorist group. Junud al-Sham is in fact known to be a very close ally of HTS.

The move appears to be a part of HTS’ continuous efforts to solidify its grip over Greater Idlib. The terrorist group’s leader may be also worried about his own life following the assassination of his spokesman by Syrian and Russian forces earlier this month. Al-Shishani is allegedly one of the top terrorists wanted by the Russian Federation.


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If there was no Israel, none of them would be in Syria, and Syria was safe today.

If I don't steal it, someone else will steal it

100% accurate.

jens holm

Typical arabistani way of thinking and why so much is very low.

First You ignore facts and then You conclude from it.

Why dont You go back as step more and insist uniting as Ottoman again. Only Saudis liberated themself.

Most stupidities.

It seemes You have no idea about there was no Syria since 1258 and its internal strucles i north and east was not Syria at all. The Eufrat and up to Hasaka also are more emmigrants then the kurds being Shammars which still do their best and worst to be their own.

The worst mistake mainly by the French was to build the big Damaskus oasis into a Syrian structure, Thats dificuklt to change as long as the Russians has so many free leftover weapons and their only agenda.

The second mistake was to try to build a Syria into one country. Local in contexts as this are not able to see the corners of morre then emirates, Sutanats, Vilaets ot Oblasts. Still after 74 years there is no structure for devellopment and most there are kept poor or worse by the new feudals self selective Assads.

Israel is the skapegoat to make Your forget Your real problems. The start for Syran problems came 1948. So much was invested in war and internal control. Thats done several times, but the problems is Syria is no improved producer, so war is based on gifts as if Russia is help in the UN and UNICEF style.


Jens – short for Yochanon – trying to historically deligitimize Syria is just the standard Zionist ploy since the Yinon Plan, for Greater Israel, of 1980’s. Mind you, when you have such flimsy historical grounds for any link to ancient Judea as the Eurasian Ashkenazim do, attempting to delegitimize the real regional history is sort of a psychological-pathological necessity – to numb out your own cognitive dissonance of living in a delusional fantasy.


he’d fit in nicely in trump country I reckon


The same “shishani” who has been killed ten times? BS news.


Georgian criminal-terrorist trash.

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