HTS MAY REUNITE WITH AL-QAEDA

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Several Islamic preachers issued a joint statement calling Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) to reunite with Al-Qaeda and Jaysh al-Ahrar group.

The document urged the three groups to put aside the differences and settle the conflicts between them. The statement was signed by Abu Qatada al-Filistini, Au Muhammad al-Maqdisi, Abu Abdullah al-Hashemi, Abu Huzayfa al-Soudani, Abu Fadel al-Hadoushi, Abu Abdelrahman al-Makki, Abu Maher Malahim and Abu Mahmoud Bael Mitran.

HTS cut its ties with Al-Qaeda in 2016, when its leader Abu Muhammad al-Jolani announced the transformation of Jabhat al-Nusra into Jabhat Fateh al-Sham. Since then HTS denied any connection to Al-Qaeda, positioning itself as as independent group.

Jaysh al-Ahrar was one of the most prominent groups within the ranks of HTS until the break-up, which happened amid a controversy over the implementation of the Sharia law. After the break-up Jaysh al-Ahrar accused HTS of stealing its property and called to form a Sharia court to look into the matter.

 

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