Syria: Ahrar al-Sham

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 6th November 2018.

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Photo of Emily Thornberry Emily Thornberry Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment his Department has made of the size of Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib; and what proportion of the overall Syrian rebel strength that groups represents in that area.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Joint with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

​We estimate that there are approximately 50-70,000 armed opposition fighters in Idlib and the surrounding area, of which 10-20,000 belong to Hayat Tahrir-al Sham. The total civilian population of Idlib at present is around 3 million.

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