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Syria, first problems for the HTS’ takeover in Idlib

First problems for the HTS’s takeover in Idlib. Al Qaeda leaders in Syria criticize provocations against allied militias. The former al-Nusra Front, however, wants to become a leader in the province

First problems for Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), after the militia began its recent takeover in Idlib. Al Qaeda leaders in Syria condemned some provocations that HTS made against one of the other groups: Hurras Al-Din. This is a rival formation, but also affiliated with jihadist’s network and is Turkey’s adversary. Not surprisingly, it sided heavily against the Sochi agreement between Ankara and Damascus, as well as the TAF-Russia joint patrols on the M4. The leaders of the former al-Nusra Front, however, want to take advantage of the momentum to become leaders in the province. Especially after Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s soldiers were forced to deal with it following the accident a few days ago in Nayrab, which risked blocking convoys across the quadrant and provoking harsh reprisals at the local level.

To the east, the SDF are increasing pressure on Isis, even on the border between Syria and Iraq. It is feared that Daesh will use the coronavirus to regroup

In the east, however, the SDF are working to prevent the coronavirus emergency from benefiting the reorganization of ISIS in the Syrian region. In recent days, the Arab-Kurdish forces have carried out operations with Inherent Resolve in the locations along the Euphrates, from which the flows of Islamic State jihadists pass and supplies: Busayrah, Shahil, Dhiban (Deir Ezzor) and Shaddadi (Hasaka). In addition, they increased vigilance on the borders with Iraq, following the start of an anti-Daesh operation by the ISF. The maneuvers aim to clean up the entire Akashat desert area to the neighboring country. In fact, intelligence has found that some IS sleeper cells are gathering here, and have intensified the raids against both local security forces and the population. As a result, there are fears that these may try to escape to Syria to avoid enemy force.

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