According to Syrian Opposition sources, Ahrar Al-Sham leader, Hassan ‘Abboud (Al-Hamwi), was killed a few hours ago in the northwestern province of Idlib, along with 45 others. The cause of ‘Abboud’s death is currently unknown; however, Syrian Opposition sources believe it was due to a suicide bombing. Among the casualties was another Ahrar Al-Sham leader, Abu Yazan Al-Shami – he was believed to be Hassan ‘Abboud’s top aide.

‘Abboud’s militia was considered to be the largest fighting force and the most influential group in the Islamic Front. Islamic Front delegates voted Hassan ‘Abboud as the conglomerate’s leader and spokesman last year, following its creation. Many Opposition fighters complimented ‘Abboud on his leadership and his moderate approach during political discourse. His loss is considered a great blow to the embattled Islamic Front Central Command.

No party has claimed responsibility for the assassination of Hassan ‘Abboud and the 45 other Islamic Front affiliates. Some sources have claimed ISIS is the sole culprit; while, others claim ‘Abboud was killed during a Syrian Air Force attack. The Islamic Front has not issued a statement regarding his death; it is still unconfirmed.

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