Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) announced on February 7 that is militants had “recaptured” three towns in southeast Idlib.
The only problem with HTS’ claims is that the towns, Maharim, Khawari and Tall al-Nabariz, have never been captured by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Furthermore, the army has not launched any ground attack to capture them yet.
The terrorist group also said in a statement published by its news network, Iba’a, that the three towns are located in the southwestern Idlib countryside, while they are in the southeastern countryside of Idlib.
HTS’ false claims are clearly nothing more than a propaganda stun meant to rise the morale of the group’s desperate supporters.
In the last few weeks, HTS lost two of the biggest urban centers in southeast Idlib, the cities of Ma`arat al-Nu`man and Saraqib, to the SAA. The army also inflicted heavy losses on the group killing and injuring hundreds of its militants.