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Infighting Intensifies between Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham Terrorists in Idlib

20 January 2017 17:08

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Clashes intensified between the terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham and al-Nusra Front (that has recently changed its name to Fatah al-Sham Front) in Idlib and claimed the lives of dozens of terrorists from both sides.

Violent infighting erupted between al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham terrorists in the towns of Iblin and Bara in Idlib countryside.

The violent clashes intensified after Fatah al-Sham terrorists killed a senior commander of the rival group, Khaled al-Adel, in the town of Kansafra in Zawiya mountain in Idlib’s Southern countryside.

Meantime, the al-Nusra militants could defeat Ahrar al-Sham in most locations and seized control of most of Ahrar al-Sham’s military positions in Zawiya mountain.

In a relevant development on Saturday, the Terrorist groups increased attacks on each other across Idlib province, while terror operations against commanders had been on the rise in recent weeks in the militant-held regions in the province.

Local sources said that senior Commander of Fatah al-Sham Front Abu Ali al-Tunisi was killed in a terrorist attack on a road to the town of Qemaynas in Southeastern Idlib.

At least 20 Turkistani terrorists were killed in an attack by rival terrorists on a building in Jabal al-Arbaeen in the town of Ariha, they added.

Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah al-Sham are accusing each other of being the main cause of disunity and insecurity in Idlib and its countryside.

Ahrar al-Sham believes that Fatah al-Sham’s opposition to merging militant groups is the cause of disunity and insecurity.

Al-Omar, one of the commanders of Ahrar, said those members of ISIL that are now among Jund al-Aqsa and have made allegiance to Fatah al-Sham are in charge of insecurity and terror in Idlib.

Media sources privy to opposition groups disclosed last week that the terrorists of Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah al-Sham Front engaged in rising waves of unprecedented clashes in Idlib countryside, leading to tens of casualties.

The sources said that the most bloody clashes were between Fatah al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham, adding that Ahrar members accused Fatah al-Sham of assassinating their three commanders in the town of Talmans.

The sources added that widening gaps and harsh disputes between the commanders of Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah al-Sham in Idlib ushered in armed clashes between the two fronts.

“Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah al-Sham assassinate members and commanders of each other in covert operations and without accepting the responsibility, and in a number of more cases they open fire at each other in the public and without any excuse,” they continued.

The clashes inflicted tens of casualties on both Ahrar al-Sham and Fatah al-Sham.

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