Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced the resignation of its now former leader, Abu Jaber al-Sheikh, and the appointment of his deputy, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, as his current replacement.
On the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the Syrian revolution, Abu Jaber Hashem al-Sheikh, the general leader of Tahrir al-Sham Organization addressed the Syrian people, rebel fighters, the independent media and news agencies, and Islamic scholars to help protect and defend the cause of the revolution, and promised to intensify the operations and pressure on the Syrian regime.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement announced the formation of a Sharia Council, which will issue Fatwas [religious permissions] “at time of adversities.” The announcement was published on January 18, 2016 on Twitter and Telegram and stated the mission, the members, and the protocol of the new council.