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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham holds massive military maneuvers in Idlib

The Syrian jihadi group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is boosting readiness in anticipation of new government offensive.
A displaced family sits next to their tent during a dust storm over the town of Zardana in the countryside of the northwestern Idlib province, Syria, June 2, 2022.

ALEPPO, Syria — Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS), which controls Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib, held during the last week of May major combat military drills. The exercises were conducted in the various fighting fronts with the Bashar al-Assad government forces in Jabal al-Zawiya in the southern Idlib countryside, in the coastal mountains in the northern countryside of Latakia, in the eastern Idlib countryside and northwest of Aleppo.

On May 30-31, the HTS-affiliated Amjad Media Foundation published photos of HTS fighters and various military machineries that it said were on deployment in Latakia countryside, Idlib countryside, Jabal al-Zawiya, eastern Idlib countryside and western Aleppo countryside. The foundation noted that the deployment is part of military exercises aimed to raise the readiness of all HTS brigades.

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