Commander of Ansar Al-Islam Front in the Al-Tadamon neighborhood in Southern Damascus, Abu Ridha Al-Turkmani, was killed yesterday Monday by a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) fired by paramilitary National Defense Forces (NDF).

Al-Turkmani was among other militants preparing barricades when an RPG hit the site. Heavy clashes then followed as government forces ponded the rebel-held parts of the neighbor with artillery.

The 26-year old, Turkmen-decedent was the field commander of Ansar Al-Islam Front, a major military faction in Al-Tadamon neighborhood, and one of the first locals to hold arms against Syrian government since the uprising in 2011.

Abu Al-Farouk Al-Turkmani was appointed new commander.

Anti-government armed militants control parts of Al-Tadamon neighborhood and are involved in ongoing clashes with National Defense Forces.

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