Seven jihadi factions loyal to Al-Qaeda have formed an alliance under the name of Huras al-Din (Guardians of Religion) in Idlib province amid clashes between the militants.
The new group incudes Jaysh al-Malahim, Jaysh al-Sahel, Jaysh al-Badia, Saraya al-Sahel, Saraya Cabel, Jund al-Sharia and the remnants of Jund al-Aqsa, former element of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
It was announced that former Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) commander Abu Hammam al-Shami has been appointed as the leader of the group. In addition to that, several prominent HTS commanders joined the group as members of its consultative council, including Abu Julaybib Tubas, Abu Hadija al-Urduni, Sami al-Aridi, Abu al-Qassam, Abu Abdelrahman al-Mekki and other HTS commanders who had refused to break their ties to Al-Qaeda.
It is supposed that the group seeks to re-establish Al-Qaeda in Syria after the previous affiliate of the terror group on the Syrian soil, Jabhat al-Nusra has declared independence and later transformed into HTS.