Al Qaeda in Syria, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) refuses to quit and continues to seize and hold territory in its latest GoPro propaganda release. The extremist group remains a dangerous and powerful faction operating in the perpetually convoluted civil war.
HTS has easily become one of the most concerning jihadist groups in post-ISIS Syria. While ISIS has drawn the lion’s share of attention and condemnation due to their psychopathic and homicidal territorial gains, Al Qaeda has attempted to stay in the shadows.
They merged with several other groups early in 2017, officially forming Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and controlled large portions of the shrinking rebel pockets throughout Syria. As we’ve seen in the past they are typically well equipped and well trained, not like many of their snackbar contemporaries.
The HTS media wing recently released another short GoPro video of its militants on the offensive, though the date of filming and the forces engaged are unconfirmed.
The small group of lightly equipped HTS militants advance through a neighborhood, engaging targets and quickly gaining ground.