By now, the conflict between the al-Qa'ida-loyalist group Hurras al-Din and Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham in northwest Syria is well known. The latter, which broke off from al-Qa'ida, began cracking down extensively on Hurras al-Din when the al-Qa'ida-loyalist group set up an independent operations room with other jihadist factions. That operations room was quickly dismantled by the much stronger Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, but as Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham perceives Hurras al-Din as a threat to its authority and standing in northwest Syria, it has continued to launch regular security inspections and campaigns in the areas of its control, apparently aimed at arresting wanted members of Hurras al-Din. Some prominent figures of Hurras al-Din like Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Makki have been imprisoned. Attempting to demonstrate its ongoing relevance, Hurras al-Din has resorted to conducting operations deep inside enemy territory, claiming one operation in Raqqa province and another more recently in Damascus.
In his own capacity, Hurras al-Din's Abu Himam al-Shami (a leading figure alongside Sami al-Oraidi) has issued a new statement directed to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham, calling for peaceful arbitration and resolution of the disputes, either before Abu Qatada al-Falastini or an independent judiciary. Failing that, God will judge between the two parties. The statement itself though is only indicative of Hurras al-Din's weakness as opposed to Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham's hegemony in northwest Syria. Hurras al-Din has no coercive means of leverage to try to resolve its disputes with Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham.
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