The Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” reportedly attacked the Free Syrian Army’s Division 13 inside the city of Ma’arat Al-Nu’man on Saturday after an ongoing dispute over the repeated demonstrations that the latter held across the Idlib Governorate.
According to a report released by the Free Syrian Army, Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jund Al-Aqsa (Syrian Al-Qaeda group) attacked their bases in Ma’arat Al-Nu’man, killing 4 of their combatants and wounding as many as 20 others during a fierce battle between the rebel groups.
The Division 13 members admitted that they could not hold their ground against the swarming militants from Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jund Al-Aqsa, so they surrendered two of their storage facilities that were allegedly filled with U.S. manufactured anti-tank TOW missiles (ATGM).
These TOW missiles were given exclusively to the rebel groups that were deemed “moderate” or “non-Jihadist”; however, Jabhat Al-Nusra has been seen using them in the past.
Jabhat Al-Nusra has a long history of attacking other rebel groups in Idlib and Aleppo; this first began in 2014, when they kicked out the Syrian Revolutionaries Front (SRF) from the Idlib Governorate and Harakat Hazzm from the Aleppo Governorate.
Both of the aforementioned rebel groups were U.S. backed – their weapons were later seized by Jabhat Al-Nusra.
Below footage of clashes ongoing between al-Nusra and Division 13 in Ma’arat Al-Nu’man