Security forces of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) have carried out an operation against jihadists in Jisr al-Shughur city in southwestern Idlib.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), security forces chased a foreign ISIS member in the city in the late hours of September 24. Security personnel opened fire at the terrorist in the area of al-Suma’a then killed him after he attempted to drew his gun.
Later, HTS security forces stormed a house in Jisr al-Shughur’s Christian district, where they arrested another foreign ISIS member.
Opposition sources claimed that “a group of Turkish jihadists” was arrested in the Christian district. The sources also reported the arrest of a jihadists known as “Abu Sufiyan al-Turki” near Idlib city on September 25.
While the SOHR said the jihadists killed and arrested by HTS’ security forces were members of ISIS, other sources said they were from Horas al-Din.
HTS is waging a secret war against other terrorist groups in Greater Idlib. The group is working to assert its dominance over the region in order to turn it into its own de-facto state.
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