Al-Qaida-linked militants’ advance throws west’s Syria plans into disarray

The west’s policy on Syria has been thrown into disarray due to sweeping advances by al-Qaida-linked militants in the north-west of the country, gaining the military upper hand in the largest area of opposition-held territory.

The assertion of control by Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS), the former al-Qaida affiliate previously known as the al-Nusra front and Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, over the province of Idlib amid the scaling back of American support for rebel groups has led to fears that Assad’s allies, including Moscow, would use the move as a pretext for a broad and devastating military campaign.

“The future of the north is in great danger,” said Michael Ratney, the US state department’s Syria envoy, in a statement posted online. “If [Hayat Tahrir al Sham’s] control of Idlib is realised it will be difficult for the US to convince other international parties to refrain from necessary military measures.”

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  • simus1

    Any fool can tell who is winning.

    The much more interesting item is who is paying.

  • New Centurion

    Wow. Question: Who would have guessed this would happen? Answer: Everybody that wasn’t in government.