"the Jihadists with ties to al-Qaeda has linked its grip on Idlib in northwestern Syria. Extremists ' success raises the concern that a local peace agreement between Turkey and Russia is hanging loosely."
"People are so afraid here," says a resident to the TT from a town that is taken over by the extremists."
"After over a week of bloody battles sealed the banned terrorist jihadistalliansen Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the last week their successes in Idlib, by to get their rivals to sign an agreement on ceasefire."
"the Agreement reached between the HTS, which has links to al-Qaeda's former syrian branch, and Turkietstödda rebels means that the province now governed by a jihadistledd administration."
"the Area is in northwestern Syria, near the Turkish border, is the last part of the country which are controlled by nations that want to overthrow Bashar al-Assad. Oppositionsfästet consists of large parts of Idlib, as well as parts of the grannprovinserna Aleppo and Hama. About half of the around three million inhabitants are people who fled the fighting in other parts of the country."
"Last year was the threat of a large-scale ground offensive as a dark cloud over the province, something that, according to the aid organizations could mean a civil bloodbath. But in september came the Turkey, which supports rebel groups in the area, and al-Assad's main ally Russia to agree on a local peace agreement that froze the conflict and avert a regeringsanfall with the support of Russia."
"Russia ceded the disarmament of the most hard-line factions in Idlib to Turkey. But Ankara has not made any jätteansträngningar to stop the HTS. Instead, the extremists have thus managed to strengthen its grip and Turkey's allies, the rebels have been forced to admit his defeat."
"Now there is growing concern that the extremists' successes to revive plans for an offensive. TT has been in contact with a source that says that several civilians were killed when the HTS advanced in the city where he lives – and that of many now fear what is next."
" We are scared and really don't want to that HTS should be in control of us. It means a risk to the regime and Russia will back. And it is we civilians who will be harmed and killed, then, said the person, who for security reasons wishes to remain anonymous."
" the Situation is catastrophic, but we hope that rebel forces will fight back against the HTS. But we do not understand why Turkey let this happen."
"Hayat Tahrir al-Sham appeared in Syria in 2012, as an extension of the iraqi branch of the banned terrorist extremistnätverket al-Qaeda. First, the group went under the name of Nusrafronten – which is what both Russia and Syrian president Bashar al-Assad's government still call the group."
"2013 swore Nusrafronten allegiance to al-Qaeda to 2016 distance themselves from extremistnätverket and change its name to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham. 2017 dissolved the grouping to reappear as Hayat the Tahrir al-Sham (HTS)."
"the HTS claim to have broken with al-Qaida, but experts agree that the attempt to present itself in new light only is to be regarded as a pr coup, and smokescreen. The ideology is still the same."
"Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is terrorstämplad by, among others, Turkey and the united states. The group had earlier in the war presence in other parts of Syria, but after the losses gradually moved to Idlib."