HTS has opened another battlefront with rebel group Faylaq Sham in the area of Aafis and Saraqib near the city of Idlib. HTS led by Abu Muhammad Jolani are trying to open a crossing with the regime of Bashar Assad so they can trade goods in that area. The Syrian people are opposed to opening trade and normalizing relations with the regime.
It is believed that in an effort to open the trade route, HTS is trying to remove any other groups from the area that might lay interference in their plans. To the moment of publication of this article Jolani’s forces have taken two points away from Faylaq and are pressing ahead with their attack.
It is worth noting that HTS has not opened a battlefront against the regime of Bashar Assad in three years.