BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The ranks of Al-Qaeda affiliate Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (better known by its former name, Al-Nusra Front), the Turkistani Islamic Party and Turkish-backed rebels in northwest Syria have all been subject to assassination attacks over the last 48 hours.
In southern Idlib province, Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham commander Abu Ward Kafr Batehkh was killed along with is bodyguards after Suqur al-Sham fighters opened fire on his vehicle north of Maraat Numan city.
Meanwhile in the province’s north, Jabhat Tahrir Souriya commander Abu Salim Binnish was stealthily assassinated by unknown assailants whilst on duty near the town of Binnish.
In western Idlib, unidentified individuals gunned down a group of Turkistan Islamic Party jihadists near the town of Armanaz, slaying three of them and then escaping the scene of the shooting.
Finally, in central Idlib, two JTS fighters came under attack by discriminatory gunfire within the city of Saraqib, resulting in the injury of at least one of the militants.
The assassinations take place despite the recent implementation a ceasefire between warring insurgent groups (namely Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham and Jabhat Tahrir Souriya) in northwest Syria, leading some to the believe that serious inter-rebel hostilities may soon recommence.
There exists suspicions that Syrian government spies may be involved in some of the attacks.