Since its recent domination over the final rebel-held pocket in Idlib, Hayy’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has been determined to move beyond military means to ensure a lasting dominance in northwestern Syria.
In January, Hayy'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) reasserted its control over almost all of Idlib Province in northwestern Syria. Given HTS' ties to extremist factions, locals are worried about the group's repressive rule, and that its takeover may draw in a regime offensive
Over the past week, Hayy’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has taken over towns in northwestern Syria. The subsequent fighting has seen the extremist group kill other rebel fighters and forcibly displace hundreds of civilians.