Regime forces briefly captured Kafr Naboudah, but rebels have since taken back the town. Residents, however, are holding back from returning amid continued air strikes by Assad forces.
A senior figure from HTS explained how the group is trying to earn trust in Idlib on pragmatic lines and also address the lack of strong defence to survive the airstrikes launched by the Syrian regime.
Two weeks after capturing one of Syria's significant rebel strongholds, former Al Qaeda affiliate HTS is trying to strike a moderate tone, but the people who fought and defeated them previously refuse to trust them.
Days of fighting between the Hayat Tahrir al Sham (HTS) alliance and Turkey-backed National Liberation Front (NLF) ended after the parties reached a ceasefire agreement in Idlib.
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's fifth bid for the presidency will further entrench the status quo. Is the strategy sustainable for the country's economy?
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