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Syrian Analyst: Al-Nusra Deploys Forces in Western Aleppo after Astana Talks

28 January 2017 15:59


A prominent Syrian military analyst underlined that the al-Nusra Front (that recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front) has stationed its forces in Western Aleppo province following Astana talks and after the Turkey-affiliated militants withdrew from the region.

“The terrorist groups which have not inked the ceasefire agreement, specially al-Nusra Front, attacked the Aleppo city and its adjacent areas with missiles and mortar shells which killed tens of civilians and soldiers and made the Syrian army respond to these aggressions,” Kamal al-Jafa said on Saturday.

He added that during the past 24 hours, the al-Nusra Front has occupied the Western outskirts of Aleppo city after driving other terrorists out of the region and deployed its own members in areas formerly hosting the militants who have signed the ceasefire agreement with the government.

Field reports said on Thursday that intense infighting continues among the terrorist groups in Syria with al-Nusra Front launching heavy attacks on Idlib’s Central Jail in the Western parts of the city.

The al-Nusra Front has intensified its attacks against other militants and is now attempting to take control of Hayyan town in Northern Aleppo by surrounding Faylaq al-Sham and Jabha al-Shamiya terrorists’ positions in the region, a field source said.

Meantime, a field commander of al-Nusra Front, namely Taha al-Khatib, along with 5 members of the terrorist group were killed in clashes with Soqour al-Sham militants in Jabal al-Zawiya region in Southern Idlib.

After clashes intensified between the al-Nusra Front and other militants, the terrorist groups of Soqour al-Sham, Jeish al-Islam (in Idlib), Jeish al-Mujahedeen, Istaqam Kama Amart and al-Jabha al-Shamiya (in Western Aleppo) declared unity with Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group.

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