Three of the most significant rebel factions in Syria – Tahrir al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, and Faylaq al-Sham – announced forming a Shura Council for the city of Ma’rat al-Numan, in the countryside of Idlib, to help protect and develop the city.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement announced 955 defections from the group in an infographic containing a breakdown by location and status.
Tahrir al-Sham released a video showing the structure of the organization, including comprising groups, the most prominent scholars and factions that pledged allegiance to it, and identifying the outcome and the goals of the new structure.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement released a weekly report of the group’s military operations in Hama, Latakkia, Aleppo, and eastern al-Ghouta, during which it claimed attacks against the regime and pro-regime militia forces as well as the Islamic State (IS).
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement released a video of a graduation group from al-Shaheed Abu Nur Training Camp in the northern countryside of Aleppo in which the group pledged to “destroy” the regime and the Islamic State (IS).
Ali al-Omar, the General Commander of Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, released a video statement discussing the situation in Syria, the course of the revolution, and the recent mergers, and urged Abu Jaber, the commander of the newly formed Tahrir al-Sham Assembly, to agree to an arbitration in order to resolve hostilities among rebel factions.
Jihadist and Islamist opposition factions in Syria announced the formation of the “Tahrir al-Sham Assembly” (“Liberation of Syria Assembly”) amid escalating infighting amongst opposition factions.
Five opposition factions in northern Syria announced their merger into the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, which one jihadi media group spun as a positive outcome of the Ahrar al-Sham - Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) dispute.
The Security Forces of Jaish al-Fateh declared its territories will be closed to any internal conflicts in an undated statement released following numerous announcements regarding recent incidents, clashes, and disagreements amongst rebel factions and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement declared it “rejects the scheme to alienate Jabhat Fateh al-Sham [JFS] and its being targeted by the international coalition and others,” while also warning it is essential that JFS cease transgression upon other rebel factions and submit to an independent Sharia court to settle all differences.
Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) announced disowning Jund al-Aqsa due to the group’s continued infighting with Ahrar al-Sham, after explaining the reasons behind the initial acceptance of Jund al-Aqsa’s pledge for allegiance and what led to its disavowal.
The Shura Council of Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement announced the group will not participate in the negotiations in Asetana for several reasons, including the failure in fulfilment of the ceasefire and internal disagreements amongst the opposition factions.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement released a video featuring group fighters who explained the significant improvement in their military skills as a result of joining a training camp, and declared the Syrian regime and the pro-regime militias will soon be defeated.
Rebel groups operating in Syria criticized the fatwa issued by prominent Islamic scholars calling for a merger among the Syrian rebel groups which was allegedly signed by Ahrar al-Sham, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), Ajnad al-Sham, Noor al-Dine al-Zanki, Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and others.
Following the fall of Aleppo, which brought leaders of opposition groups together in an attempt to initiate a large scale merger, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) spokesman Husam al-Shafi'ee denied rumors that JFS will "swallow" the merger and assume control, and stated that such rumors are damaging to the goal of unification.
Syrian rebel groups released announcements of mergers in an attempt to unite forces against the Syrian regime and its allies amidst severe airstrikes which presented nearly complete control to the regime in Aleppo.
The Command Council recently formed in Aleppo by rebel groups, including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, Ahrar al-Sham, Noor al-Dine al-Zanki, the Levantine Front, and the First Division, released a call for general mobilization in Aleppo.
Ali al-Omar, the newly appointed General Commander of Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement, released a video speech in which he stressed the significance of resisting and fighting against the common enemy, and called upon all rebel factions and civilians to unite for the success of the Syrian revolution.
The Shura Council of Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement announced the appointment of the group’s new general commander, Abu Ammar al-Omar.
Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement and other rebel factions announced the start of a battle in South Hamra, and shared developments from battle grounds in Latakkia, Aleppo, and the countryside of Quneitra.