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Syria, there is a mysterious hemorrhage of HTS judges in Idlib

Mysterious hemorrhage of HTS judges in Idlib. Three of them leave their posts in Syria in a few months. The latest is Abu Al-Hareth Al-Masri, member of the Supreme Council for Fatwa and a close advisor to Zawahiri with al Qaeda

What is happening inside Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Syria? In the past few hours, Osama Al-Sayed Mohamed Al-Qasem (aka Abu Al-Hareth Al-Masri) resigned from his post as a member of the Supreme Council for Fatwa in Idlib. The man, as reported by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), was a senior judge who dealt with Muhajereen (migrants). He joined al Qaeda in the Middle Eastern country in 2014, quickly becoming one of the trusted advisors of the former leader of the jihadist group, Ayman Al-Zawahiri. After the split between HTS and al Qaeda in 2016 he remained within the first group, becoming one of the most important judges. Moreover, his resignation is not the only one. In the past months, Tareq Al-Jaber from Jabal Al-Zawiyah (Idlib) and Mahmoud Ajaj, originally from Anadan (Aleppo), have also left their posts. It seems, in fact, that within the formation there is an internal clash in the “judiciary” wing between the judges and the Sharia officials for the management of power.

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