Commander of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) Abu Mohamed al-Jolani underlined support for the imminent military operations by the Turkish army against the Kurdish population in Eastern Syria. The Arabic-language Enab Baladi news website, affiliated to the militants, quoted Jolani as saying on Monday that “we support Turkey’s action to take control over the Eastern Euphrates…

The Syrian army loyal to President Bashar al Assad today shelled the northwestern province of Idlib to block an attempt to infiltrate Islamist militants in areas under government control. According to the Syrian press agency ‘Sana’, Damascus has increased the presence of its armed forces around Idlib following clashes between militiamen supported by Turkey and…

The main jihadist alliance in Syria’s Idlib region reached a deal on Thursday ending days of deadly fighting with rival rebels and extending its influence over the whole rebel enclave. The agreement brings an immediate end to the fighting between Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), led by Al-Qaeda’s former Syria affiliate, and the rival Turkish-backed National…

At the afternoon of January 5, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) launched a suprise attack on the town of Atarib in the opposition-held part of the western Aleppo countryside. Syrian oppositions activists reported that the jihadist group shelled the residential areas inside the strategic town during the attack. Atarib was under the control of two Turkish-backed…

Clashes between jihadists and rebels spread further on Thursday in northwestern Syria, killing more than 30 people on both sides on the third day of the fighting, an NGO said. Since Tuesday, Hayat Tahrir al-Cham, a jihadist group formed by the former Syrian branch of el-Qaëda, has been fighting a powerful coalition of rebel factions…

After imposing its control of the strategic town of Darat Izza, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) continued its advance in the western Aleppo countryside on January 2 and captured the villages of Kafr Tin and Makbas following heavy clashes with the Turkish-backed Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement. According to Syrian opposition activists, Abu al-Yaqzan al-Masri, an infamous…

Clashes between jihadists and rebels in northern Syria have killed at least 19 people, a war monitor said Tuesday. The fighting, pitting Al-Qaeda-linked coalition Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) against an alliance of rebel groups, flared in western Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. HTS had on Monday accused rebel group Nureddine al-Zinki…

At least seven civilians, including five children, were killed on Saturday 24 November 2018 in regime bombings of Idleb province, the country’s last major rebel and jihadist stronghold, where an agreement for a “demilitarized zone” is planned, an NGO said. The affected area is near a school in the northwestern town of Jarjanaz, according to…

Two anti-Jihadist activists, also critical of the Syrian regime, were shot dead on Friday 23 November 2018 in the Idleb region, the last great insurgent stronghold in Syria, reported their radio and an NGO. “The two activists Raëd Fares and Hammoud al-Jneid were shot and killed by unidentified gunmen in a van in the town…

22 Damascus regime fighters were killed in a jihadist assault on their positions near Idleb province in northwestern Syria, where a “demilitarized zone” is planned, an NGO reported Friday. This 15 to 20 kilometre wide buffer zone was decided under an agreement on 17 September between Russia, an ally of the regime, and Turkey, the…