BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:20 A.M.) – A high ranking jihadist commander from Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham was assassinated this weekend after unknown assailants opened fire on him in the western countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

The military commander of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham in Jisr Al-Shughour, Mohammad Abu Fares Al-Turkestani, was killed by unknown assailants this weekend, pro-opposition activists reported via social media.

Al-Turkestani was the military commander of HTS’ Jaysh Al-Nukhba group; they fought against the Syrian Arab Army several times in the past, including the big battle at the Abu Dhuhour Military Airport.

At the same time, three Faylaq Al-Sham fighters were killed on Friday when a roadside bomb hit their military vehicle in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib Governorate.

Since the rebel forces refused to leave the Idlib buffer zone, the number of assassinations in the province have increased exponentially, with Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham facing the brunt of these attacks.

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