Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Shura Council elected Abu Mohammad al-Julani commander of the group after the resignation of its previous leader, Hashem al-Sheikh.
Al-Skeikh stayed in the ranks of HTS, becoming the president of the Shura Council.
The return of al-Julani attracted little attention, since he was widely considered as the shadow leader of HTS. Previously Al-Julani has led the HTS military command. He also was the leader of Hayat Fatah al-Sham which was formed after Al-Nusra Front cut its ties with Al-Qaeda.