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 June 6, 2021, the Taliban attacked a complex in Ghor province, killing nine and injuring seven. That same day, the Taliban launched similar attacks on the police headquarters in Faryab province, killing 28 security forces, and in Balkh province, killing 19 and injuring 69 others.
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