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Ahrar al-Sham and Suqour al-Sham were among the first leaders of the armed rebellion in northwestern Syria and were the local groupusomies with the most defined Islamist ideological character. [fn] Crisis Group Report, Attempted Jihad, Op. Quote; Sam Heller, “Ahrar al-Sham`s Revisionist Jihadism,” War on the Rocks, September 30, 2015.Hide Footnote For years Ahrar al-Sham has rivaled Jabhat al-Nusra for supremacy in the Idlib region. [fn] See Sam Heller, “The Home of Syria`s Only Real Rebels,” The Daily Beast, June 17, 2016; Heller, “Keeping the Lights on in Rebel Idlib,” op. Hide Footnote Along with Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zinki, Ahrar al-Sham and Suqour al-Sham were the last major armed factions in the Idlib area to significantly oppose HTS. Together, they fought HTS in early 2018, disrupting their stop in the northwest. In January 2019, a new conflict broke out between HTS and Nour al-Din al-Zinki. HTS invaded the original areas in the western landscape of Aleppo and apparently ended the group in practice. [fn] Noufal and Clark: “HTS conquers an important city in Aleppo province, while the group continues to assert itself above the rebel-held northwest,” op. Hide Footnote Ahrar al-Sham and Suqour al-Sham briefly joined the fighting, but after the collapse of Nour al-Din al-Zinki, it gave in to HTS. [fn]”Tahrir al-Sham and National Liberation [Front] reach a final agreement…

These are his terms,” Nidaa Souriya, op. Hide Footnote Some fighters left the northern landscape of Aleppo, while others remained in place under the direction of HTS. [fn] Waleed Khaled a-Noufal and Barrett Limoges, “With the evacuation of Turkish-backed rebels, the coalition of HTS extremists cements control of the majority of northwestern Syria,” Syria Direct, 17 January 2019; “Tahrir al-Sham reaches a new agreement with other factions” (Arabic), Zaman al-Wasl, 20 January 2019.Hide Footnote Today, the two groups mainly represent the local communities they control in southern Idlib and northern Hama. [fn] Suqour al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham focus on Jabal al-Zawiyah; The territory of Von Jabal al-Arbaeen, including Ariha; and Maaret al-Nouman. Ahrar al-Sham was also strong in the Hahamas Ghab Valley, the group`s birthplace, although HTS partially disbanded the group in January 2019. Interviews of the crisis group, former rebel commander, Syrian opposition politician, former Syrian government official, Syrian activist, Turkey and remotely controlled via a messaging app, August, November and December 2018.Hide Footnote In areas where they overlap geographically, they are generally undecided. [fn] A former rebel commander: “There is no difference other than the name when it comes to Ahrar and Suqour.” Crisis Group Maintenance, Remote via messaging app, December 2018. Between March 2015 and September 2016, Suqour al-Sham was formally part of Ahrar al-Sham.Hide Footnote You no longer pose a significant threat to HTS.


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