BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:48 A.M.) – Heavy clashes have erupted in the western districts of Idlib city between various anti-government militias according to opposition activists. It is currently not possible to make clear sense of the situation, however it appears that the firefights which have broken out are of a three-way nature.
Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS: previously Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) security forces in Idlib claim that they discovered an ISIS sleeper cell operating in the city, successfully raiding its headquarters, killing one ISIS loyalist and capturing another, whilst also seizing improvised explosive devices (IED) in the process.
However, opposition activists in Idlib claim that firefights are continuing between the Shaitat group of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and HTS police forces.
If the clashes between the FSA and HTS in Idlib city are confirmed to be happening, or at least to have happened, then this will further evidence of the decaying alliance between Turkish, Qatari-backed Islamist groups and Saudi-backed jihadist factions which itself is likely tied to a greater dispute that is currently ongoing between Doha and Riyadh.