Tahrir al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front, issued a statement saying they are ready to abide by terms of a deal offered by Moscow and Ankara, but claimed they won’t give up their weapons.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham*, a Syria-based terrorist organization also often referred to as the Nusra Front*, has signaled that it is ready to agree to a Russian-Turkish deal that aims to prevent a military offensive targeting militants in Syria’s Idlib province just one day before the deadline.
Syria’s main jihadist group said it made its decision after taking time for “consultation,” according to Reuters.
While not agreeing to the explicit terms of the deal, the group says it would seek to provide security for civilians in the area it controls and that it appreciated efforts to protect that area.
“We value the efforts of all those striving — at home and abroad — to protect the liberated area and prevent its invasion and the perpetration of massacres in it,” the Islamist group said in its statement, published via social media.
“But we warn at the same time against the trickery of the Russian occupier or having faith in its intentions,” it added.
The statement also said Tahrir al-Sham “will not forget” the foreign fighters who came to assist it.
Another major militant force, the Turkey-backed National Liberation Front, announced its acceptance of the deal, Reuters reports.
According to the terms of the deal, a demilitarized zone would be created…