Fighters from al-Qaeda Syrian branch, Jabhet Al-Nusra, and its allies Jund al-Aqsa, have jointly stormed the FSA-affiliated police station and Islamic Legal court in the town of Kafr Nabl, Idlib’s Southern countryside.
Local activists said the joint force raided, on Wednesday, the FSA-run facilities and arrested all judges, policemen and even the civilians who happened to be there. All the newly-bought vehicles, trucks and motorcycles have been confiscated as well.
The Islamic militants imposed a security cordon in the neighborhoods, arresting a number of young men.
Is it claimed that all the detainees were released a few hours later.
The crackdown was carried out on charges of corruption, incompetence and receiving aids and cash from the United States. The roundups also included Kafr Sijneh and Khan Shaykhun towns.
The FSA-affiliated police was established in 2013 in order to maintain security and stability and prevent chaos in the rebel-held areas. The police corps is made up mostly from defected police officers and security personnel.
The influence of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) has significantly receded in favor of the Islamic fighters, most prominently Jabhet al-Nusra, with the
later leading an alliance of forces (namely Jaysh Al-Fateh) that managed to took over large swathes in Northern Province of Idlib.
Days earlier, at least 60 al-Nusra members were killed as an ISIS suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Ariha just minutes before the night prayers.