DAMASCUS, SYRIA (5:44 P.M.) – Al-Nusra jihadi group in Idlib have arrested several FSA-affiliated fighters in a wide-scale crackdown against newly-arrived factions.
Scores of Ahmad al-Abdo Brigade rebel group, including a field commander called Abu Malik, was detained by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham in an unexpected move by the jihadi organization.
Ahmad al-Abdo Brigade is rebel group affiliated with the Free Syrian Army which was active in East Qalamoun region before being evacuated to Idlib as per a surrender deal with the Syrian government.
The surprise crackdown was sparked by rumors that the FSA-linked faction will engage in a reconciliation agreement with the Syrian Army before the prospected Idlib offensive kicks off.
HTS has launched several raids against groups and individuals who promote reconciliations; arresting dozens of fighters as well as dignitaries.