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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) starts a massive campaign in Idlib to find Isis cells and supporters of the Syrian government. The roundups and the first clashes begin, especially with IS
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) starts a massive campaign in Idlib to find Isis cells and supporters of the Syrian government. In the past few hours, the jihadists have deployed numerous men and vehicles to start a series of searches and raids in the province. The operation was born after the attack by unknown persons of an HTS check point at the southern entrance of Idlib. The commando killed two militiamen and then fled. In addition, shortly thereafter, there was a violent battle between the Qaedists and IS in the Kafr Takharim area, which lasted several hours. In parallel, the hunt for Damascus agents in the region began. There have already been several arrests of activists and supporters of a reconciliation with the central authorities. Similar maneuvers had already taken place recently in Maarrat Misrin.
HTS cannot afford to lose grip on the population in the Syrian province or for the rival group to gain ground, attracting too much international attention
HTS, despite controlling Idlib with the support of Turkey, is starting to get nervous. Especially since the population of the Syrian province is tired of the long war against Damascus, which has only brought problems despite the promises of the fundamentalists. Consequently, there is a risk that discontent can lead to turmoil and therefore it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain grip. A further sign in this sense was the recent multiplication of espionage actions in favor of the enemy, which on some occasions has put the Qaedist group in difficulty. Towards Isis, however, the fears are of a different kind. HTS doesn’t want IS to gain weight. This on the one hand to maintain control over the dial; on the other, to avoid drawing too much international attention to the region. The Qaedist formation, in fact, would not be able to withstand multiple and continuous pressing.