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How HTS leader in Syria's Idlib is attempting a makeover

The leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Syria’s Idlib has been making appearances in the streets and public places among the people in a bid to present himself as a political leader.

Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which is designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the United States, the United Nations and others, has recently made several media appearances in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib.

Since May, Golani has been seen in public places. He has been photographed alongside civilians, patients and tribal leaders, and has visited some residents of displaced camps in Sarmada and Harem.

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