On October 10, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) claimed that its members have destroyed a battle tank during the clashes with their coutnerparts from ISIS.
According to local sources, an intense fighting between the two terrorist groups are now mainly ongoing in the area of al-Rahajan, Jakusiyah and in an area east of Abu Kanf.
If the destruction of the battle tank is confirmed by photos or videos, this will confirm that ISIS has much more capable force in the area that it had been expected.
On October 9, a group of ISIS members sneaked into northern Hama from the ISIS-held pocket east of Salamiyah and attacked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham positions there. ISIS seized a large number of villages prior the al-Qaeda linked moderate opposition group was able to launch a counter-attack.