Tahrir Al-Sham Terrorists Trying to Join Turkey-Backed Militants in Syria’s Afrin
Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) terrorists are planning to merge with Ankara-backed militants in occupied Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo, a Kurdish-language media outlet warned on Monday.
Hawar news quoted a well-informed source in Afrin as reporting that Tahrir al-Sham has held a joint meeting with Ankara-backed National Liberation Front in Jandaris region.
It further said that the meeting was aimed at legalizing presence of Tahrir al-Sham in the region and setting up a joint group.
Other news sources had already reported on Tahrir al-Sham’s presence in Deir Balout region in Jandaris.
In the meantime, local sources in Afrin pointed to the Ankara forces’ attempts to settle terrorist groups of Idlib in Afrin, adding that the terrorists have threatened residents of the village of Jouqah and other nearby villages to leave their region or they will get themselves killed.
On Thursday, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted local sources in Idlib as saying that Ankara transferred a number of the most notorious foreign commanders of the terrorists along with their family members from Jisr al-Dhohour in Idlib and Northern Lattakia to Turkey.
Meantime, a number of commanders and local members of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at were able to flee to Turkey from the towns of Sarmada and Atmeh by paying a Turkish businessman $10,000 for a commander and $5,000 for low-ranking militants.
The sources said that the foreign terrorists are still stationed in the villages, towns and occupied positions, adding that the foreign terrorist groups, including Turkistanti party, Ajnad al-Qoqaz and Horas al-Din, have strengthened their military preparedness to fight against the Syrian army.
Also, sources close to the terrorists’ commanders in Idlib have said that Tahrir al-Sham commander Mohammed al-Julani is due to declare his position on the Sochi agreement between Turkey and Russia on a demilitarized zone in Idlib soon.