On October 27, Abu Abdul Rahman al-Muhajer, a commander of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), was killed after unknown gunmen opened fire on his car near Khan Shaykhun town in the southern Idlib countryside, according to Syrian opposition sources.
On the same day, another HTS commander, Abu Talha al-Urduni [Jordanian citizen] was also assassinated. An IED attached to Abu Talha car exploded near Maar Dibsah village in the eastern Idlib countryside killing him.
Syrian opposition activists said that both al-Muhajer and Abu Talha were against the Turkish intervention in Idlib governorate. The activists added that al-Muhajer was even against fighting ISIS in the northeastern Hama countryside.
Two more field commanders of HTS were assassinated back on October 23. The first one wass Mostafa Zuhri who was killed when an IED targeted his car near al-Dana town in the northern Idlib countryside.
Another commander was Abu Abd al-Rahman al-Hamawi. He was kidnaped and killed by unknown gunmen who ditched his body in his home town, Khan Shaykhun. Opposition activists said that al-Hamawi was a responsible for mortar divisions in HTS.
Opposition sources believe that Turkey is behind the assassinations because most of the commanders who were killed opposed the Turkish intervention in Syria, and openly called to fight the Turkish Army.
Back on October 25, Eurwat zinnia the son of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) former commander in Lebanon Jamal Zinnia “Abu Malek al-Talli” was also assassinated in Hizano village in the northern Idlib countryside. Eurwat’s father was also known for openly opposing the Turkish Army military operation in Idlib.
However, some opposition activists believe that other sides like the Syrian Intelligence, ISIS, Hezbollah, the CIA, the Russian Intelligence and even some Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups are also involved in these assassinations in order to counter HTS influence in Idlib governorate.