Ahrar Al-Sham Retreating from Idlib to Speed up Turkey’s Military Invasion of Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Field sources in Northwestern Syria reported that Ahrar al-Sham has started to retreat from its positions in Idlib province to pave the ground for the Turkish Army troops to cross into the Northern Syrian province.

The sources said that as the possibility grows for the Turkish military interference in Idlib, Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) attacked the towns of Saraqib, Sarmada, al-Dana, Harem and Salqin and imposed control over regions near Bab al-Hawa border crossing.

But now the same sources and news websites affiliated to the terrorist groups say that Ahrar al-Sham has started pulling back its forces to get rid of Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at and to seed up Ankara’s military invasion of Idlib.

Relevant reports said on Thursday that Tahrir Al-Sham captured many towns in Idlib’s countryside, including Sahab, Barabo, Tall Hawash, Al-Hamirat, Tarmala and Al-Toba along a number of towns which militants seized from Ahrar al-Sham the day before.

Tahrir al-Sham also took control over Salqin town, al-Dana town and the Sharia court building on its outskirts on Wednesday after dislodging Ahrar Al-Sham from the region.

Terrorists of Tahrir al-Sham also captured the city of Saraqib in Southern Idlib after heavy clashes with Ahrar Al-Sham which resulted in arresting of three top commanders.

Based on the reports, over 50 militants from both warring sides have been killed in the last 3 day and over 100 have been injured.

A large number of Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham have been arrested too.

Meanwhile, Ahrar Al-Sham called on reinforcements from Turkey to help beat back Tahrir al-Sham’s crackdown in Idlib province, while two Ahrar Al-Sham branches — the Al-Hujra Brigade and Fajr Al-Islam Brigade — announced the groups had defected to Tahrir al-Sham.

Relevant reports said on Thursday that intensified clashes between Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in Southern Idlib resulted in the latter’s control over several towns and villages on Thursday.

The clashes erupted in the towns of Saraqib, Sarmada, Khan al-Sobol, Ariha, Salqin, Abli and Kalki, leaving tens of terrorists dead and wounded from both sides.

According to reports, Tahrir al-Sham took control of the villages and towns of Harem, Azmarin, al-Dana, al-Habit and al-Amar and the Sraqib silos.

After the development, Ahrar al-Sham attacked the town of Hazarin, occupied by Tahrir al-Sham on Wednesday, by tanks.

Meantime, during the clashes, the main roads of Idlib province were closed and the civilians in the region were scared.

Tahrir Al-Sham Receives Severe Blow after a  Powerful Militant Group Cuts Ties with Coalition

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Nouralddeen al-Zinki terrorist group declared that it has cut ties with Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or Al-Nusra Front) after six months of cooperation with the coalition due to Tahrir al-Sham’s continued clashes with Ahrar al-Sham.

In an official statement, the group rationalized its decision, claiming that it was unsatisfied with Tahrir al-Sham coalition’s aggression towards Ahrar al-Sham and the outright refusal of Tahrir al-Sham’ commanders to seek common ground with Ahrar al-Sham.

According to the statement, despite joining ranks with Ahrar al-Sham, the group intends to stay clear of any and all infighting between Ahrar al-Sham and the coalition.

Nouralddeen al-Zinki movement became well known in 2016 when its top members beheaded a 12 year old Palestinian child on camera with a hunting knife.

Nouralddeen al-Zinki joined Tahrir al-Sham in early 2017 and became one of the most important members of the coalition along with Fatah al-Sham Front (former Al-Nusra).

Al-Nusra is now the most important member of the coalition and the defection of Nouralddeen al-Zinki.

Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at had suffered another setback early June as a large faction defected the terrorist coalition and joined rival Ahrar Al-Sham Movement.

Ansar Al-Shariyah Regiment released a statement, confirming defection from Tahrir Al-Sham Hay’at to Ahrar Al-Sham Movement.

The terrorist group of Ajnad al-Sham had also announced that it cut off ties with Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at in mid-June.

The Ajnad al-Sham terrorist group that had previously broken away from Ahrar al-Sham and allied with Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at, declared defection from the latter and once again voiced its allegiance to Ahrar al-Sham earlier this month.

Also another militant group defected Tahrir al-Sham Hay’at early July after Ansar al-Shariyah and Ajnad al-Sham terrorist groups also cut ties with the al-Qaeda-affiliated group.

The al-Tamkeen Brigade, one of the largest factions within Tahrir Al-Sham Hay’at, announced that it would not fight for the al-Qaeda-affiliated group before infighting between rival militant groups was halted for an indefinite period of time.

Tahrir al-Sham has been engaged in severe tensions and clashes with Ahrar al-Sham in Idlib and Jeish al-Islam in Eastern Ghouta, and reports from the region said the battle has inflicted hundreds of casualties on both sides.