HTS issues decision to prevent dissidents from affiliating with other factions without its approval
Idlib - SMART
On Monday, the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) issued a decision preventing dissidents from affiliating with other factions without its approval.
The HTS is an Islamist opposition faction previously known as the al-Nusra Front, consisting of fighting groups including the Haqq Brigade, Jabhat Ansar al-Din, and Jaysh al-Sunnah.
The HTS Follow-up and Supervision Committee reported to SMART that it prevents all HTS members and commanders leaving its ranks from affiliating with any military faction without the committee's approval.
The committee added that HTS members and commanders are also prevented to leave the HTS ranks without the committee's approval, and that those who leave HTS ranks are prevented from forming any military group or faction, whatever the reasons, under penalty of accountability for violators of decisions.
On June 22, 2020, the HTS arrested Abu Malek al-Tali, one of the commanders who dissented from its ranks in the city of Sarmada, 18 kilometers north of Idlib, Northern Syria.
The HTS repeatedly arrests, kills, and restricts freedoms in its controlled areas, targeting medical, media, and humanitarian workers for various charges, without revealing their charges and their detention place.