On November 16, the “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room claimed that its fighters had killed 18 Syrian soldiers and officers during an attack on a position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) near the al-Burkan hill in the northern Lattakia countryside.
“All Mujahedeen returned to their position safely, praise to Allah, lord of the worlds,” the operations room said in short press release on its official Telegram channel.
Contrary to these claims, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that 5 militants were killed in the attack. Furthermore, the pro-opposition monitoring group revealed that only 9 soldiers of the SAA were killed by Wa Harid al-Muminin militants.
The al-Qaeda-affiliated groups of Jamat Ansar al-Islam, Horas al-Din, Jabhat Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Tawhid formed the Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room earlier this month. Since then, the operations room has been working to sabotage the Russian-Turkish deconfliction agreement on the governorate of Idlib.
The SAA and its allies will likely respond to this new attack in the upcoming few days in order to deter the radical militants and reinforce the deconfliction agreement.