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.
Liwa al-Aqsa, an offshoot of Jund al-Aqsa consisting of pro-IS elements which was formed in the northern countryside of Hama, executed over 150 members of rebel factions in Khan Shaykhun.
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.
Tahrir al-Sham issued a statement against what it called a newly formed pro-Islamic State (IS) faction in the northern countryside of Hama, describing its attacks against rebel forces and demanding it attend a Shariah court.
In a first address following the establishment of Tahrir al-Sham, Abu Jaber Hashem al-Sheikh, the general leader of the organization, promised to end the Syrian regime and to liberate the country, while inviting all rebel groups and fighters to forget past discords, and join them to achieve the common goal.
The Shura Council of Scholars in Sham [Syria] released a statement in support of the formation of Tahrir al-Sham and demanded ceasefire, release of prisoners, and mediation in an independent Sharia court, to “regain the trust” among the rest of the rebel factions.
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.
Several jihadi media outlets reporting in English, including Fursan al-Sham, al-Maqalaat, and al-Fustaat, released a statement in support of the formation of Tahrir al-Sham Assembly, and expressed faith in “more efficient results” towards the liberation of Syria.
Pro-opposition scholars announced their joining of the newly established Tahrir al-Sham Assembly, and called on other factions in Syria to do the same.
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.