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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham kicks Chechen jihadis out of Idlib

After Hayat Tahrir al-Sham told the Chechen jihadi group Jund al-Sham it could either join its ranks or leave Idlib, the group's members evacuated their military positions in the countryside of Latakia.
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IDLIB — Well-informed sources among jihadi groups told Al-Monitor that the Chechen Jund al-Sham (Soldiers of the Levant) group has given in to pressure from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and evacuated its military positions in the Latakia mountains.

The sources said that many members of Jund al-Sham left their weapons and went with their families to live in the countryside of Jisr al-Shughur in response to the demands of HTS, which had given the group the choice to dissolve itself or join its ranks. 

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