BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:45 P.M.) – In a day of utter chaos across rebel-held areas of Idlib province, some four major assassination attacks – all carried out by an unidentified party (or parties) – have taken place against militant commanders and fighters. The attacks have served to leave the ranks of Syrian insurgent forces in tatters.
At the town of Marrat Misrin in northern Idlib province, a booby-trapped motorcycle detonated near an old police station killing eight people and wounding tens more; most of the casualties have been identified as Free Syrian Army ranks.
Around the same time, a vehicle full of fighters belonging to the Al-Qaeda affiliate group Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) that was traveling along the Ariha-Mastouma expressway was hit with a roadside bomb killing militant commander Abu Hudhayfah al-Homsi and three other jihadists.
Earlier in the night, another Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham commander by the name of Abu Al-Jod (a security chief for the group) was shot dead in the streets by unknown gunmen.
Finally, two Free Syrian Army rebels were killed near the city of Idlib when assassins (again, affiliation unknown) jumped their passing motorcycle with a hail of automatic fire.