Six fighters of the Al-Sham Corps were killed after their vehicle was targeted with an IED on the Damascus-Aleppo highway near the village of Khan al-Sabil in the Idlib countryside. The fighters were returning from a western Aleppo front and were members of the Al-Fatiheen Regiment of the Al-Sham Corps – one of the biggest Turkey-backed groups.
In the northern Idlib countryside, one of the Sharia’a judges of Hayat Taahrir Al-Sham (HTS), Abu Torab Mohsen (Laili Hasan Al-Laili), was assassinated in norther Idlib country side.A unknown militiamen shot him in еру Selqeen market.
Laili Hasan is from Dir Ezzor. He is one of the first members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) in Deir Ezzor, before defecting and joining the al-Nusra Front, the Al-Qaeda branch in Syria. Now, the al-Nusra Front is known as Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.
The assassinations are believed to be linked mainly to the ongoing tensions between the Al-Sham Corps and HTS.
The tensions had grown after the Maghawir al-Islam Regiment operating in the northern Aleppo countryside defected from the Al-Sham Corps and joined HTS.
It seems thatHTS is working to increase its influence in the Euphrates shield-held areas in northern Aleppo. This is an obvious step for the terrorist group after it had succeeded in capturing a major part of the province of Idlib. The remaining FSA groups in Idlib de-facto operate under a direct HTS command.