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Over 70 Terrorists Killed in Intensified Clashes between Rival Groups in Idlib

14 February 2017 21:08


The newly-formed Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board) engaged in heavy clashes with Jund al-Aqsa rival terrorist group and managed to win control over a town in Southern Idlib, websites affiliated to the terrorist groups reported, saying that the two sides sustained over 70 casualties in the battle.

The reports said that Tahrir al-Sham drove Liwa al-Aqsa (a branch of Jund al-Aqsa terrorist group) out of the town of al-Tamanna, killing a number of rival militants and capturing 40 others.

Other reports said that over 70 militants including several commanders have been killed in clashes between Tahrir al-Sham and Jund al-Aqsa and its allied groups in Idlib and Hama in the last two days.

Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at has pushed Jund al-Aqsa (an ally of Ahrar al-Sham) back from the towns of Kafr Zita, al-Rakaba, Tal Aas, Kafr Sajneh and Marzita in the last 24 hours.

Informed sources had also informed FNA earlier today that tens of terrorists had been killed and tens of others injured in fierce clashes between Jund al-Aqsa and the newly-formed Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Southern Idlib and Northern Hama.

The sources said that at least 46 militants were killed in clashes between Jund al-Aqsa and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in the villages and towns of Tal Aas, Rakaya, Khan Sheikhoun and al-Tamanna in Southern Idlib and the town of Kafr Zita in Northern Hama.

The sources went on to say that Jund al-Aqsa executed over 15 terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Khan Sheikhoun while advancing against Tahrir in the region.

Late in January, al-Nusra Front and several militant groups declared forming a new coalition under the name of Tahrir Al-Sham Hay’at to narrow down widening rifts amongst their commanders and members.

The Al-Nusra Front, Nouralddeen al-Zinki Movement, Jeish al-Sonah, Jabhat Ansaraldeen and Liwa al-Haq announced that they would act under a united coalition named the Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at.

The five merged terrorist groups act under the command of Abu Jaber Hashem al-Sheikh, who was one of the commanders of Ahrar al-Sham. The new coalition led by al-Sheikh is now fighting against Ahrar al-Sham, a rival terrorist group operating mainly in Northwestern Syria.

Al-Sheikh resigned from his post in Ahrar al-Sham after he was appointed as the commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at.

A number of Ahrar al-Sham’s commanders, including the groups’ spokesman Abu Yusuf al-Mohajer, Hesam Salameh and Abu al-Fatah al-Farqali Mesri also joined the new coalition.

Terrorist groups’ websites claimed that Al-Nusra Commander Abu Mohammad al-Joulani will be the top commander of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at.

Ahrar al-Sham rejected its affiliation to the new coalition, but websites close to the terrorist groups have disclosed that Ahrar al-Sham, Faylaq al-Sham, Jeish al-Izzah, Turkistani party and Liwa al-Tamkin will soon start a new front called Tahrir al-Syria Front.

Nusra terrorists have been attacking positions of other terrorist rivals across Northwestern Syria.

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