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Zakharova: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Is Increasing Its Offensive Capabilities

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Zakharova: Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Is Increasing Its Offensive Capabilities

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Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) [the former branch of al-Qaeda] is posing a serious threat to Syria’s stability by its continues attempts to increase its offensive capabilities, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on February 28.

“A threat to security and stability in Syria is coming from terrorists of the Nusra-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance, which controls almost the entire Idlib de-escalation zone. Field commanders are carrying out events on reshaping allied groups with the goals of increasing their offensive capabilities in the directions of Aleppo, Hama and mountainous Lattakia,” the Russian news agency TASS quoted Zakharova as saying.

Last year, HTS refused to withdraw from the demilitarized zone that was established around Idlib under a Russian-Turkish agreement. The radical group didn’t only violate the agreement, but went on to launch a series of attacks on Turkish-backed groups. This allowed HTS to control 90% of the opposition-held part of northwestern Syria.

Zakharova warned that HTS is now planning to further expand the sphere of its influence and establish full control of Idlib. She also noted that the radical group has increased its violations of the demilitarized zone agreement recently.

“Only over the past four days nearly 40 such cases have been recorded, when people died or were wounded,” she said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman also highlighted the importance of a recent report by the U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the situation in the demilitarized zone. The report accused HTS of committing atrocities against civilians, including suppressing ethnic and religious minorities and illegal detentions of civilians.

Zakharova’s remarks reflects Russia’s dissatisfaction with the situation in northwestern Syria, which is deteriorating everyday under the eyes of Turkey.

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  • potcracker777

    0hhhhh… but they are such sweet fellows, they have to be protected by Russia via a great fantastic Agreement..that and i Quote mr. Putin

    “the Agreement works Overall and we thank the turkish Forces”

    i´m sure that was just a mistake, an incident by some fellows which had a bad nights Sleep
    -sarcasm out

  • gustavo

    Of course, thanks to the wonderful Russia-Turkey agreement which has helped terrorists and Turkey, because Russia wants to please Turkey.

  • RichardD

    “This allowed HTS to control 90% of the opposition-held part of northwestern Syria.”

    It wasn’t like this before the DMZ agreement. Idlib was extensively occupied by Turkish supported terrorists. It looks like rather than implementing the Idlib DMZ agreement. That the Turks instead used it to evacuate all of their terrorists out of Idlib. And is going to leave the dirty work of clearing those that remain to the Syrian government coalition.

  • Tommy Jensen

    Who is ALLOWING Hey-Turd-All-Shame to increase their offensive capabilities???

    • northerntruthseeker .

      The US and Israel of course!