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HTS leader tours Idlib on Eid al-Fitr

Abu Mohammed al-Golani, the leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, continues to appear in public as he promotes his image as a leader who cares about the inhabitants of northwest Syria.
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The leader of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), Abu Mohammed al-Golani, has made another public appearance. He took part in the Eid al-Fitr festivities in the marketplace of the city of Idlib, northern Syria, on the night of May 1. 

Videos are circulating of Golani surrounded by dozens of heavily armed men, some in civilian clothes, as he walked in the city’s main souk as a crowd of residents took photos with him.

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