For unknown reasons | Former commander in Al-Qaeda and senior HTS sharia official in Idlib resigns
Idlib province: SOHR sources have confirmed that the member of the “Supreme Council for Fatwa” of Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham in Idlib, “Osama Al-Sayed Mohamed Al-Qasem,” nicknamed “Abu Al-Hareth Al-Masri,” has resigned for unknown reasons.
According to SOHR sources, “Abu Al-Hareth Al-Masri” was a senior judge of Muhajereen (the Migrants) in Hayyaat Tahrir Al-Sham. He came to Syria in 2014, where he had pledged allegiance to Al-Qaeda and he was one of the cronies close to its former leader, “Ayman Al-Zawahiri,” before HTS announced splitting from Al-Qaeda in 2016. it is worth noting that “Abu Al-Hareth Al-Masri” had claimed that several factions, including Ahrar Al-Sham Islamic Movement and Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement, were infidels.
Several judges and sharia officials had announced splitting from HTS, the most prominent of whom were the following:
- “Tareq Al-Jaber,” a judge from Jabal Al-Zawiyah area in south Idlib countryside, who resigned on December 8, 2021.
- “Mahmoud Ajaj,” a judge from Anadan city in Aleppo countryside, who resigned on March 20, 2022.
The resigned judges and sharia officials have justified and attributed their decision to the HTS’ interference and predominance on judiciary.