BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:25 P.M.) – Despite the heightened state of tensions been the Free Syrian Army and Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate) in northwestern Syria, some Free Syrian Army sub-factions remain loyal to the jihadist organization and are even assisting it in ongoing battles against ISIS throughout the region.
Several days ago, Jaysh al-Muhajireen wal-Ansar (Free Syrian Army-linked group) released footage of its forces battling ISIS in northeast Hama province.
The militant group can be seen employing a range of heavy weaponry including cannon-armed pickups, siege mortars and high-powered anti-materiel sniper rifles.
By this evidence, it appears that whilst leading offensive operations to wipe-out the ISIS presence in northeast Hama, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham is by no means alone, with some loyal Free Syrian Army franchises joining the campaign.
ISIS fighters in northeast Hama are on the verge of being completely exterminated by hostile militant groups, now holding just several desert villages within a small bastion that has been under constant attack by Al-Qaeda-led forces over the last week.