Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) accused Great Britain of cooperating with the Syrian government after London declared its intention to ban the group from getting any direct or indirect support due to its ties to Al-Qaeda.
In a statement, released by HTS on Wednesday, Sep 20th, the group claimed that it remains an “independent revolutionary body” and denied any connection to Al-Qaeda. HTS also denounced the statement of Britain’s Special Representative for Syria Gareth Bayley, who said that the group is a threat for humanitarian organizations operating in the Idlib province. According to HTS, such claims are “far from the truth”, lack evidence, and play to the script of the Syrian government.
HTS established control over Idlib after overwhelming smaller groups and forcing its main opponent, Ahrar al-Sham movement, to withdraw from the province. Despite the group’s promises to create a civilian government, local citizens accuse HTS of trying to secure total domination over the province.