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Intra-Rebel Fighting: HTS Repels Attack Of Al-Zenki On Darat Izza. Ahrar al-Sham Prepares To Join Fight


Intra-Rebel Fighting: HTS Repels Attack Of Al-Zenki On Darat Izza. Ahrar al-Sham Prepares To Join Fight

On November 11, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) fighters repelled an attack of the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement on Darat Izza town in the northern Aleppo countryside, according to the HTS-linked news agency Iba’a. The media outlet said that al-Zenki fighters shelled Darat Izza with heavy weapons and then tried to storm it.

Meanwhile, an official of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement said that Ahrar al-Sham and Jaysh al-Ahrar are preparing to support the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement against HTS, according to Syrian oppositions sources. However, the official stressed that the two groups have not taken military actions against HTS yet.

On September 13, Jaysh al-Ahrar announced its defection from HTS. Back then Jaysh al-Ahrar claimed that the decision was taken due to internal disagreement in HTS, especially the disrespect shown by HTS towards its religious scholars.

In another development, an official of Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement accused the Sham Legion of supporting HTS against it in the western Aleppo countryside. The official said that the Sham Legion handed over several positions to HTS allowing it to attack al-Zenki positions.

However, the Sham Legion denied the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement claims in an official statement, and said that it only deployed some checkpoints around some villages to prevent the fighting between HTS and al-Zenki from spreading to them.

Syrian opposition sources also reported on November 11, that four armed groups defected from HTS because of its ongoing war with al-Zenki. The sources said that the groups that dissented from HTS are Katibat al-Shaheed Firas abu Ayman, Katibat al-Shaheed Muhammad Yaseen Najjar, Katibat al-Shuhudaa al-Wastani and Katibat al-Farouq.

The possible involvement of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement and Jaysh al-Ahrar will likely have no effect what so ever on HTS, as it is way stronger than all of these groups combined. The only scenario in which HTS may lose this battle is a direct involvement of the Turkish Army against it.



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  • dutchnational

    In all these reports on HTS, one never hears about the Turkestan Islamic Party, supposedly having 10 to15k fighters that are very effective and is supposed to be a firm ally of HTW. Does SF has any info about them?

    • Orcbuu

      Hmm yeah, i like to know more about this too.

    • GroundlessAir

      They’re just sitting ducks deployed all over nearby and within Jisr al-Shoghour (it’s so sad it’s funny that majority of the city’s inhabitants are now members of the group or their relatives). They do participate in operations by HTS in northern Hama from time to time but that’s about it, very shady, secretive people. Don’t think people can just gather hoards of info about them or interview them at will.

    • You can call me Al

      Is that the same as the “Turkmen” who were always in the news a year of so ago ?.

  • Tudor Miron

    Rats are eating each other. What is left will be cleaned out by SAA with help of Russia, Iran and Hezbollah.

  • Solomon Krupacek

    new elections under UN control will come in sria. putin and trumpo agreed.

    • Daniel Castro

      And Assad will win again.

      • Solomon Krupacek


  • Valery Grigoryev

    All of them are hopeless idiots ought to be scratched.


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  • Hezbollah_Iran

    Fuck Al-Qaeda

    • You can call me Al

      Fuck the US of A.