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HTS tries to protect itself in Afrin by weakening rival militias. The pro al-Qaeda group, in trouble due to Turkey’s ultimatum that forced it to withdraw most of its men, has launched a campaign of arrests among rival factions
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) tries to protect himself in Afrin by weakening rival militias. The pro al-Qaeda group in the past few hours has arrested several members of factions operating in the northwestern area of Aleppo for no apparent reason. The calm of the last days in the city, in fact, is only apparent. Local groups are ready to launch new attacks against HTS at the earliest opportunity and there is a high risk that even a single incident could cause an escalation of violence with unpredictable outcomes. Furthermore, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham withdrew part of his men from Afrin after the ultimatum imposed by Turkey, leaving only a small contingent and allies of Suleiman Shah Division, Hamza Division and Ahrar al-Sham. As a result, it is weaker than when it conquered the quadrant and cannot afford to be ambushed.