BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:20 A.M.) – Two major Syrian rebel groups have officially merged ranks into a single militia to fight the Syrian Army and rival militant factions.
On Sunday night, the Muslim Brotherhood affiliate group Ahrar al-Shram and the Free Syrian Army-linked Noor al-Din al-Zenki faction official announced (announcement shown below) that they had merged ranks into a new unfed militia called Jabhat Tahrir Souriya.
Key positions and those appointed to them within Jabhat Tahrir Souriya have been identified as follows:
- General Commander – Hassan Soufan.
- Deputy General Commander – Tawfik Shehab al-Din.
- Chief of the Political Bureau – Hussam Atrash.
- Military Commander – Captain Khalid Abu al-Yaman.
The new militia has sworn to fight the Syrian Army and any rival rebel faction that opposes it – this being a very specific reference to Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) relations with which for both Ahrar al-Sham and Noor al-Din al-Zenki have increasingly deteriorated since the start of 2017 to the point of outright hostility.