Heavy clashes are reportedly taking place between Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) security forces and a suspected ISIS cell in the town of Tal Adeh in northern Idlib.
The clashes broke out on October 10 morning, when a large security force of the al-Qaeda-affiliated group stormed Tal Adeh to arrest wanted gunmen. The gunmen resisted, that’s why HTS militants were forced to use heavy fire power.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, one of the gunmen blew himself up to avoid being captured by HTS. The London-based monitoring group said both sides had sustained casualties.
HTS’ security forces have been very active against ISIS cells in Greater Idlib. These cells are seen as a serious threat to the group’s influence in the region.
On September 26, HTS’ General Security announced that it had eliminated Iraqi ISIS leader Youssef Noman Abd Naif al-Jubori along with his guard Sami Jasim Mohamad Abdullah al-Jubori.
By chasing ISIS terrorists in Greater Idlib, HTS is not only attempting to assert its dominance over the region but also to appease the West. The group, that maintains close ties with al-Qaeda, is laughably trying to present itself as a “counter-terrorism” force.
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