BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – A massive battle is taking place in southern Idlib between two rival jihadist groups that once fought alongside each other against the Syrian government in northern Syria.
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (formerly Jabhat Fateh Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra) launched a large-scale attack in southern Idlib this morning, targeting several areas controlled by Jabhat Tahrir Souriya.
According to preliminary reports from opposition activists on social media, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to capture several towns in southern Idlib, including Sheikh Mustafa, Khan Sheikhoun, Moqa, Kafr ‘Ayn, Hish, Sahyan, and Sheikh Dams.
In addition to this advance, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham stormed the Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham (member of Jabhat Tahrir Souriya) stronghold of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, which is the largest town in southern Idlib.
Intense clashes are now ongoing at this town, as Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham attempts to score a major advance – video below:
Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has vowed to retake all the territory they recently lost in the past two months to Jabhat Tahrir Souriya.