On September 1, a commander of the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) al-Badiya sector, “Ahmed Fouad Sheikh Dib,” was killed when an IED stuck his vehicle in the town of Saraqib in the southeastern Idlib countryside, according to Syrian opposition sources.
The Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi reported that a second IED exploded near a carpet factory in the town of Dana in the northern Idlib countryside. The explosion injured four civilians and caused significant material damage, according to the pro-opposition outlet.
No group has claimed responsibility for these attacks so far. However, Syrian opposition activists believe that ISIS or the Syrian intelligence are behind these incidents.
According to the Syrian observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), more than 290 civilians and militants have been assassinated in the opposition-held areas of northern Syria since April. HTS and other armed groups have stepped up their security measures to reduce the threat of assassinations. However, all of their measures has failed so far.