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Jihadi group takes on Salafist opponents in Idlib

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham cracks down and arrests Salafists who support anti-HTS protests.
A drone image shows Syrian demonstrators gathering during a protest in the village of Maaret al-Naasan in Syria's Idlib province on May 1, 2020.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), which controls Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, has stepped up its security measures as protests escalate. 

HTS is particularly targeting its Salafist opponents, who have exploited a number of security incidents carried out by HTS to fan the flames of popular anger against it.

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