Liwa al-Muqatileen al-Ansar (LMA)
Liwa al-Muqatileen al-Ansar (LMA) broke from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) umbrella in June 2020 over disagreements regarding the future of Idlib and the Turkish presence in the Syrian province. The group’s founder, Abu Malik al-Talli, who had been a senior leader in HTS, and his supporters aligned themselves with al-Qaeda, and thus opposed both the arrival of Turkish forces and HTS’s continued distancing from its al-Qaeda past. LMA joined Hurras al-Din (HaD)’s new “So be Steadfast” operations room in June 2020, but HTS arrested Talli a few weeks later.*Aaron Y. Zelin, “Living Long Enough to See Yourself Become the Villain: The Case of Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi,” Washington Institute for Near East Policy, September 9, 2020, https://www.washingtoninstitute.org/policy-analysis/living-long-enough-see-yourself-become-villain-case-abu-muhammad-al-maqdisi; Charles Lister, Twitter post, June 22, 2020, 3:05 a.m., https://twitter.com/charles_lister/status/1275007112968617985; “Approach And Effects Of HTS Management Of Tension In Idlib,” Jusoor, June 26, 2020, https://jusoor.co/details/Approach-and-Effects-of-HTS-management-of-tension-in-Idlib/718/enx Talli remains in custody and his group effectively disbanded by HTS.*“Containing Transnational Jihadists in Syria’s North West,” International Crisis Group, March 7, 2023, 8, https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/east-mediterranean-mena/syria/239-containing-transnational-jihadists-syrias.x
LeadershipAbu Malik al-Shami (a.k.a. Abu Malik al-Talli, Jamal Zainiyya) (leader)*Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi, “New Jihadist Operations Room in Northwest Syria: ‘So Be Steadfast,’” Aymenn Jawad al-Tamimi’s Blog, June 12, 2020, https://www.aymennjawad.org/2020/06/new-jihadist-operations-room-in-nwsyria-so-be; Waleed Abu al-Khair, “Hardline factions form new bloc in north-west Syria,” Diyaruna, June 16, 2020, https://diyaruna.com/en_GB/articles/cnmi_di/features/2020/06/16/feature-02.x
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On October 27, 2018, domestic terrorist Robert D. Bowers carried out an anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. He fired on congregants as they gathered for worship, killing 11 people and wounding six others.
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