Highlights: HTS reports numerous encounters with JTS in the countryside of Idlib and Aleppo where the group claimed taking control of a number of villages; claims repelling an advance by the regime forces in northern Hama; reports of Russian and regime airstrikes in Ghouta region.
Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) reported engaging in numerous clashes with Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din Zinki, the leading groups within the Jabhat Tahrir Suriya (JTS) umbrella, and gaining control of several villages in the countryside of Aleppo and Idlib.
Syrian rebel groups Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din Zinki Movement announced merging ranks under a new formation called “Jabhat Tahrir Suriya,” in an attempt to fight the “enemies” of the Syrian revolution and rebel factions that “lost the compass of their rifle.”
Highlights: HTS claims killing over 25 Syrian regime soldiers in clashes in northern Aleppo and in the eastern countryside of Hama; engaging in battles with the regime in Western Ghouta, in the southern and eastern countryside of Hama; HTS reports of collaboration with Ahrar al-Sham against the regime forces in southern Hama; reports of Syrian regime and Russian airstrikes throughout Syria; rehab activities in the countryside of Idlib.
Jihadists on Telegram disseminated a video containing unverified audio of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) official Abu Muhammad al-Julani purportedly discouraging the arrest of group official Abdullah al-Muhaysini so as to avoid “a huge crisis.”
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement’s new general commander Hassan Sufan announced major changes within the group’s leadership, appointing four figures to replace his current First Deputy Leader, General Military Commander, Chief of the Political Wing, and Secretary General.
Hassan Sufan, the newly appointed general commander of Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, apologized to the Syrian people for the group’s loss of vision “in trivial disputes,” and promised to continue to keep the revolution alive by fighting the regime and the Islamic State (IS).
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement’s Shura Council announced appointing Hassan Sufan (Abu al-Bara) as the group’s new general commander.
Highlights: HTS engages in violent battles with Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib, takes control of the city and various cities and towns in the area; infighting draws adverse reactions and ends with ceasefire agreement between Ahrar al-Sham and HTS; HTS executes two IS members in Idlib; HTS claims killing over 200 in clashes with Iranian militias, Hezbollah in Western Qalamoun.
Al-Qaeda Central (AQC) issued a statement urging Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, two militant factions in Syria, to cease the infighting between them and respect the sanctity of the blood of their brethren.
The Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement announced a ceasefire agreement with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), ending three days of fighting between the groups in Syria’s Idlib governorate.
Australian cleric and former Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) official Mostafa Mahamed Farag (AKA Abu Sulayman al-Muhajir) released a statement in which he deliberated on the infighting between Ahrar al-Sham and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), calling it “existential” and explained why it is immoral as per His view of Islamic Shariah.
With ongoing tensions between Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Ahrar al-Sham in past weeks ultimately erupting in violence, Ahrar al-Sham has reportedly launched coordinated attacks against HTS, with its fighters storming and taking control over cities and villages throughout Idlib.
Highlights: HTS claims targeting the Syrian regime’s forces in Aleppo, Latakkia, and the countryside of Damascus; tension with Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib and Aleppo; Ebaa reports rehab activities throughout Idlib.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement announced the formation of an operation room in the countryside of Hama and gaining control of several villages in the area, and claimed attacking the pro-regime militia forces in Latakkia and Damascus.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement claimed gaining control of a mountain range in Eastern Qalamoun following clashes against the Islamic State (IS).
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement condemned the suicide bombing which caused over 25 civilian casualties and over 60 injuries in Damascus on March 15, 2017, and blamed the Syrian regime for the attack.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement claimed killing an unidentified number of pro-regime militia forces in attacks carried out in Aleppo and in northern Damascus.
Tahrir al-Sham released a statement to reprimand Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement for failing the Syrian revolution and bringing it to a deadlock by refraining from merging into one common entity and by instigating internal fights within the Tahrir al-Sham organization.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement condemned Tahrir al-Sham’s “systematic” intimidation of the group, and renewed its call for an arbitration between the parties in an independent Sharia court.