April 02, 2019
How a 'smarter' Islamic state is quietly taking over swathes of Syria after ISIS defeat
Source: The Independent
Journalist Richard Hall
The Islamic State’s caliphate is no more. Four years after its fighters captured large swathes of Iraq and Syria and declared its intention to spread jihad around the world, the terror group no longer holds any territory.
But as one extremist Islamic state falls, another one endures. Over the past few years, a group that was formerly part of Al Qaeda has cemented its power in northern Syria and now rules over some 3 million people.
After forcing out rival rebel groups in Idlib earlier this year, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham(HTS) has imposed its control over all aspects of life in the province. Now, a university with more than 6,000 students has become the battleground between in its quest for dominance.
Read the full article and more in The Independent.