BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:30 A.M.) – The Al-Qaeda linked rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham reportedly seized the town of Armanaz in northern Idlib after a fierce battle with Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.

According to opposition social media pages, HTS began their assault by launching attacks on Ahrar Al-Sham’s bases in Armanaz, killing at least two fighters from the latter’s units located inside the town.

In order to intensify their assault, HTS called on their allies from the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) to help reinforce their contingents attacking Armanaz.

The end result would be HTS and TIP expelling their former ally, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, from Armanaz after day long battle in the northern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

This latest assault by Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham comes just days after Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that the Turkish-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield were planning a large-scale operation to expel the Al-Qaeda linked rebels from the Idlib Governorate.

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