DAMASCUS, SYRIA (09:30 PM) – A targeted killing by unknown assailants has hit the Syrian rebel group Ahrar al-Sham in the Idlib province on Friday, marking the first time in months that this specific group was hit by such an assassination.

Ahrar al-Sham commander Abu Abdo Dahriyah was shot and killed together with tho of his associates, when unidentified attacked gunned him down. The assassination was very similar to a row of similar targeted killings that has been rocking the Al-Qaeda affiliated group Hayyat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), formerly known as the Al-Nusra Front, for the past several months.

The resemblance in attacks, as well as the strategic situation in Idlib, may indicate involvement from terrorist organisation ISIS, which has recently started making entry into the Idlib Governorate. ISIS forces have been trying to infiltrate Idlib from the small pocket of land it currently holds in the north of Hama province. Sleeper cells tied to the terrorist group are known for their targeted killings, that mostly targeted rival HTS terrorists until now.

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