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Syrian jihadist group HTS challenges Turkish-backed factions

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham tried to enter the Turkey-backed factions’ stronghold to support Ahrar al-Sham that refused to support the newly formed leadership by some groups within the movement.
Syrian demonstrators gather to protest Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) jihadist group.

Sources in the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) told Al-Monitor that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) launched an attack at dawn on Nov. 11 on a base affiliated with the Ahrar al-Sham movement in the northern Aleppo countryside, which prompted the Turkish army to intervene and counter HTS’ attempt.

Independent media activists who declined to be named told Al-Monitor that an HTS military convoy surrounded Ahrar al-Sham’s Teranda base in the countryside of Afrin, in the north of Aleppo, with the aim of pressuring the movement’s new leader, who is positioned inside the base, to hand over leadership to the pro-HTS Ahrar al-Sham leadership.

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