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.

 

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All three groups are welcome to kill each other as much as they like and the SAA should offer posthumous medals too all that succeed in earning one