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Syrian jihadi group tightens noose on Arab, foreign fighters in Idlib

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is pressuring foreign jihadis in Idlib and giving them two choices: Leave, or integrate into the local community.
Syrian fighters at the graduation of new Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members in Idlib province on Aug. 14, 2018.

ALEPPO, Syria — Since early February, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has stepped up its crackdown against Arab and foreign jihadis opposed to it in its areas of control in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib. The campaign comes as part of HTS’ efforts to restrict and monitor their movements and keep them under the surveillance of its security apparatus. 

The campaign against foreign fighters has angered many jihadis, who accuse HTS of being ungrateful.

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