Arrested four months ago | HTS releases al-Qaeda-linked leader of “Huras al-Din”
Observatory sources say that HTS has released a leader of the organization “Huras al-Din” named “Abu Omar Manhaj”, after a period of detention lasted four months.
Tahrir al-Sham arrested “Abu Omar Manhaj” on June 28, and several demonstrations took place at that time in the area of Arab Said, west of Idlib, which is the leader hometown, demanding his release.
On October 19, HTS continued its security campaigns against the jihadist “Huras al-Din” organization in Idlib province and countryside, as part of the ongoing attempts by Tahrir al-Sham to eliminate jihadists at the orders of Turkish intelligence, particularly those who reject Russian-Turkish agreements, and perhaps “Huras al-Din” is the most prominent example of these groups.
In this context, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the HTS’ security appartus arresting more than 25 members of the “Huras al-Din” organization and ISIS cells in both Idlib city and the town of Al-Foua in eastern countryside.
An armed group attacked afterwards the headquarters of Tahrir al-Sham in the city of Idlib, where fierce clashes took place between members of the headquarters and the attackers, amid reports of casualties on both sides.
The security operation comes days after two leaders of “Huras Al-Din” organization were killed in American drone strike. Reliable soures had informed the Syrian Observatory that an Egyptian commander named “Abu Zar al-Masri”, a Moroccan named “Abu Yusuf al-Maghribi”, and a child who was with them, were all killed in drone attack on their vehicle on the western outskirts of Idlib city.