DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:30 P.M.) – Due to renewed tensions in Idlib province, the Syrian revolution is now in danger of collapsing from within as factions loyal to Turkey and Al-Qaeda respectively have begun targeting each other in a massive provincial power battle.

Although skirmishes remain sporadic for now, the Al-Qaeda affiliated Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) stormed the Jabal Al-Zawiyah rural area on Friday and began arresting local militants and non-combattants alike at gun-point, accusing many of collaborating with the Turkey’s so-called ‘Euphrates Shield’ zone of influence in northern Aleppo.

With the chief of the Al-Abbas Brigade suddenly in HTS custody, the rival Ahrar Al-Sham group arrested 20 members of the HTS in retaliation elsewhere in the Idlib countryside.

Adding insult to injury, Ajnad Al-Sham defected back to Ahrar Al-Sham on Thursday after a brief absorption into the Al-Qaeda franchise group. Ajnad Al-Sham boasts several thousands fighters and its defection will likely anger HTS leader Abu Mohammad Al-Julani.

Since 2016, infighting and assassinations have been widespread across Idlib province as an otherwise unified jihadist coalition, Jaish al-Fatah, is on the verge of collapse.

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Floriangeyer
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2017-06-30 18:33

This always happens with criminal gangs of thugs and thieves . They always fall out with each other in time.

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2017-06-30 19:35

So Turkey no more Qatar friendly?

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2017-06-30 22:05
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This will amuse you Daeshbag. I hope so anyway.

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2017-06-30 22:03

Turkey needs money quickly. With Erdogan its a case of Different Day, New allies.