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Syrian jihadi group in Idlib boasts about new, advanced weapons

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham leader has recently boasted about his group’s growing weapons arsenal and military capabilities, as the Syrian government forces escalate their attacks on Idlib.
Syrians burn tyres as they protest in front of a Turkish military outpost during a demonstration against Turkey's perceived inaction over the latest Syrian regime attacks, in the town of Maataram near Ariha in the rebel-held northwestern Idlib province, Syria, July 23, 2021.

IDLIB, Syria — The commander of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, Abu Mohammed al-Golani, ruled out a ground attack by the Syrian government forces on Jabal al-Zawiya, in the southern Idlib countryside, although he expected an escalation of the shelling.

During a meeting with a group of media professionals in Idlib July 23, Golani said, “We have fortified Jabal al-Zawiya and the rest of the fronts. We are ready for all scenarios and are able to thwart any enemy attack. We have improved our fighting skills, especially in terms of night fighting, and we have acquired new, advanced weapons, but we will not reveal them just yet.”

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