On November 1, al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) captured the headquarters of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (NSA) in the western Aleppo countryside.
A task force of the terrorist group stormed the headquarters, that is located in the town of Darat Izza, in the afternoon. Turkish-backed militants were expelled from the headquarters without a firefight. No one was reportedly injured.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, HTS forces also besieged a commander post of the SNA in western Aleppo.
Thousands of SNA militants were deployed in Greater Idlib in the last two years to support HTS against the Syrian Arab Army and its allies.
The SNA was formed in 2017 by several Aleppo-based factions with a direct support from Turkey. The coalition is today regarded as Ankara’s main proxy force in Syria. Militants of the SNA are currently fighting to further Turkish interests in Libya and Azerbaijan.
The motives behind HTS’ move against the SNA remain unclear. The terrorist group does not hesitate to use force against any faction that dares to challenge its influence in Greater Idlib.
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