FSA begins blaming HTS for Syrian Army victories in Idlib

Militants of the largest Free Syrian Army (FSA) coalition in northern Syria have begun blaming the Al-Qaeda-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group for recent Syrian Army victories in Idlib province.

Ahmed al-Saud, a military spokesman for the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) militant alliance blamed HTS for the loss of a number of key areas in southern Idlib province to the Syrian Army during recent days.

Ahmed al-Saud also complained about how HTS “steals” heavy weapons such as main battle tanks and armored personnel carriers from the FSA and sends Syria’s youth to go blow themselves up as suicide bombers while its leader (Abu Mohammad Al-Joulani) mocks Turkish-backed factions over the radio.

The advent of the Turkish-backed FSA blaming HTS for the failure of all militant groups in general to hold back Syrian Army offensive operations in northern Syria is by no means new. The two sides have gone to war over this matter on a number of occasions since the beginning of 2017.

The FSA, a weaker relation of the overall militant force in Syria’s north, is locked into an abusive partnership with HTS who often captures heavy weapons from Turkish-backed Islamist groups during surprise raids to replenish its own stocks that are squandered in countless failed attacks against the Syrian Army; the terrorist faction is also known to take over key front-line positions and strategic areas controlled by the FSA.

This extends to include the more jihadist-leaning Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sham group which has basically been looted blind of all its heavy weapons by HTS and has ceased to exist as a front-line force.