9,000 Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Attempt To Take Control Over Syria’s Idlib Province – Russian MoD

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9,000 Al-Qaeda-Linked Militants Attempt To Take Control Over Syria's Idlib Province - Russian MoD

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About 9,000 al-Qaeda linked militants (members of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham) are attempting to take control over the Syrian province of Idlib, Colonel General Igor Korobov, chief of the Russian General Staff’s Main Directorate, announced on Friday.

“The total number of Nusra Front militants [an old brand of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham] in northwestern Idlib stands at 9,000 people. Currently, terrorists are trying to take control over the whole of its territory by intensifying combat actions against the moderate opposition groups,” Korobov said at the Army-2017 forum, according to the Russian state-run media.

Korobov emphasized that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is the second most powerful terrorist group in Syria. It includes more than 15,000 members, most of whom are Syrians.

Earler this week, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham assisted ISIS in its attack against government forces in the eastern Hama countryside. ISIS and Hayat Tahrir al-Sham united efforts in an attempt to cut off the the Salamiyah-Ithriyah-Khanassir-Aleppo road, the only government supply line to Aleppo city.  However, terrorists failed to achieve their goal.

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  • El Diablo

    15.000 members? I think they are undervalued. They are able to do offensives ith 10.000 members while covering the borders.

    • El Diablo

      And: how much thousands militants are been evacuated to Idlib in this months?

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Try not to think the numbers told by the Media are correct remember fighting age is only considered, you are only looking at hundreds not thousands especially those who came from recently and many have been executed since. There is a reason why they are being executed by HTS they would eventually cause a power struggle, since they are more senior in leadership.

    • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

      They rely heavily on their affiliates in the Muslim Brotherhood and HTS are grossly over estimated in numbers the other Daesh groups numbers is what your thinking about as HTS state it is only alliances. HTS(Daesh) and FSA(Daesh) were able to make joint attacks together recently and that still left them weakened and they all had a working agreement coordinated by the US/Israel/Turkey advisers and backed by CENTCOM.

  • Lupus

    Could be a good development. When there is only Nusra and Isis left Turkey, US, SA, Israel , UK, France etc loose there excuse to support the ‘moderate oppposition’ against Assad cs. After cleaning east Hama pocket by SAA the road to aleppo will be safe. After smashing IS in Deir Ez Zor and Euphrate towns the rats in Idlibistan , Homs pocket and east ghouta can be terminated

    • Solomon Krupacek

      but also americans can enter idlib ;)

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        You love supporting terrorists , don’t you.

      • bcbingram

        I don’t want us to..

        • Solomon Krupacek

          me too, but trump lready told, if hts wins, america will be pushed to make a move. so, isis in idlib is good reaseon for mattis. amd good excuse.

  • Turbofan

    Idlib has to be subjected to heavy bombardment..Most of Idlib is terrorist and their family

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    There is no modera rebels their are sabotaging USA=NATO terrorist.Maybe there are moderate blacks and whites in America that is why Police kill blacks.