Clashes Rage Between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham And Other Al-Qaeda Groups In Idlib

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Clashes Rage Between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham And Other Al-Qaeda Groups In Idlib

After two days of fighting with militants from the rival militant coalition Fa Ithbatu, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham has launched a large-scale attack in order to put an end to the resistance to its dominance in Greater Idlib.

According to pro-militant sources, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members supported by battle tanks stormed the town of Arab Said west of Idlib city. This town was recently captured by Fa Ithbatu forces and turned into a foothold for operations against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. At the same time, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham besieged and stormed the HQ of Horas al-Din, a member group of Fa Ithbatu, in the town of Sarmada.

In their turn, Horas al-Din attacked several Hayat Tahrir al-Sham checkpoints near the western entrance to Idlib city, allegedly seizing them.

Fa Ithbatu accuses Hayat Tahrir al-Sham of conspiring with foreign forces, mainly Turkey, against the so-called Syrian revolution. Earlier in June, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham arrested Ansar al-Din commander, Abu Salah al-Uzbeki, and Liwa al-Muqatlin al-Ansar commander, Abu Malek al-Tali. Both these groups are a part of the recently formed Fa Ithbatu coalition.

Meanwhile, pro-militant sources are spreading rumors about an increase in operations of the Russian special forces in southern Idlib. According to them, a unit of the Russian special forces raided a position of Turkish-backed Suqur al-Sham near the village of Benin killing 4 and injuring 3 members of the group.

This became the first militant claim about the Russian Special Forces in Idlib since the signing of the March 5 de-escalation agreement between Ankara and Moscow. If such an attack really happened, it was likely a response to the recent drone attack by Idlib militants on Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base in Lattakia.

Late on June 24, an unidentified drone struck a militant vehicle moving on the road near the town of Binnish in Greater Idlib. The strike completely destroyed the vehicle and the several persons inside. While the eliminated militants are yet to be identified, local sources claim that the vehicle likely belonged to Ansar al-Tawhid or Horas al-Din. Recently, combat drones of the US-led coalition conducted several strikes on ISIS- and al-Qaeda-linked terrorists that hide in the Turkish-occupied part of Syria.

The Turkish Army and Turkish-backed militants shelled positions of the Syrian Army and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the town of Tell Rifat in northern Aleppo. Pro-Turkish sources claim that several army and YPG fighters were killed. Strikes likely came in response to the recent series of attacks by YPG-affiliated cells on positions of pro-Turkish groups in the region of Afrin.

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  • Alex

    I bet if these militants had a mind of their own this conflict would be over

  • Icarus Tanović

    Major explosions in Iran, Tehran and Shiraz. How about some real news? Let Wahhabi Satanists kill each others.

    • ali

      i have the details. it’s only one explosion in east of tehran. it was a gas pipe, no injuries. the real fuck ups are happening in iraq. last night american terrorists swatted the PMU positions and arrested many including commanders with the help of the new puppet prime minister. he’s done for. they gave a 24 hour notice to free them if not they will attack. they freed some.
      https://twitter.com/ASBMilitary/status/1276348883367575553

      • adzsiam

        What’s the likelihood that these newly founded resistance groups are in fact, western established like ISIS?! I know PMU / Iranian reactions are measured and won’t try to bring the whole region into WW3. But these groups seem to have a freerer hand to act as they wish without consequences. Just wondering?!

        • ali

          i just said the “IRGC releases documents…” how did you get the notion that..no they’re trained and armed by the Quds force and most of them specially the big ones are old and go back to 2003. and they’ve been doing a lot of warning attacks to get the US out of there instead they got bombed heavily a few times so it’s not without consequences like you seem to think so. maybe not WW3 but if americans don’t leave iraq soon resistance groups might start fighting the us in iraq’s borders.

      • Astar Roth

        Thanks man.

  • Willing Conscience (The Truths

    “Fa Ithbatu accuses Hayat Tahrir al-Sham of conspiring with foreign forces, mainly Turkey, against the so-called Syrian revolution.”

    LOL, I want to read that statement for myself if it’s real, because it would be the first time they’ve ever said it.
    What they usually say is this, they want HTS to stop conspiring with the Syrian government, or at least they were saying it while they were members of the Rouse the Believers Operation Room, which was right up until just a few weeks ago.
    But now they’ve formed a new alliance they’re supposedly saying they don’t want HTS dealing with Turkey, but Fa Ithbatu [ex Rouse the Believers Operation Room] are working with Turkey themselves so why would they say that, what a load of crap this story is.

  • cechas vodobenikov
    • Jens Holm

      An almost sober version of it.

      Naming it into imperialisme is far out. Do USA want to take dades there for Christmas or what.