BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The jihadist rebels of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham have taken control of a strategic mountain in the southwestern countryside of the Idlib province after a fierce battle with the Turkish-backed National Liberation Front.

According to reports from the Idlib province, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has taken control of the Shashabo Mountain that overlooks the eastern part of the Al-Ghaab Plain.

The loss of Jabal Shashabo means the National Liberation Front has also conceded several towns that are located on this strategic mountain in the southwestern countryside of Idlib.

Since the loss of Jabal Shashabo, some unconfirmed reports from the Idlib province indicate that the Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham faction of the National Liberation Front has handed over more areas to Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham.

If true, this would be disastrous for the Turkish-backed rebels as the Idlib province was an important supply route for their forces from Turkey’s Hatay Province.

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