Turkish, Hayet Tahrir al-Sham's commanders gather in Hatay

Turkey is trying to give legitimacy to the presence of al-Qaeda in Idlib after the agreement held with Russia. On Thursday, a meeting will be held in Hatay state in this context.


With regard to Idlib which is witnessing radical changes in the agreements signed by Turkey and Russia, Turkey is trying to give legitimacy to the presence of Hayet Tahrir al-Sham (previously Jabhet al-Nusra), al-Qaeda in Idlib governorate by merging it with the so-called National Army formed by Turkey.

A source from inside Idlib stated that a meeting on Thursday is held between the commanders of Turkey and commanders of the National Army's mercenaries on the one hand and Hayet Tahrir al-Sham's commanders on the other hand at exactly 14:00 in the state of Hatay in Turkey.

According to the source, the National Army's mercenaries formed by Turkey refuse to be merged with Hayet Tahrir al-Sham after the killing of hundreds of mercenaries in Idlib after fierce fighting took place in early February and the control of Hayet Tahrir al-Sham on the entire western countryside of Aleppo and entire Idlib governorate.

This move comes after holding the Turkish agreement with Russia and the heavy bombardment that targeted areas east of the international road leading from Aleppo to Lattakia and Damascus.

Turkey has repeatedly tried to legitimize al-Qaeda's presence in Idlib in earlier times by changing its name from Jabhet al-Nusra to Jabhet Fateh al-Sham and its alleged split from al-Qaeda, and then its current designation as Hayet Tahrir al-Sham, but it failed.



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