On June 19, the newly-formed Fa Ithbatu militant coalition in Greater Idlib carried out its first attack on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
According to several opposition sources, the terrorists destroyed a bulldozer of the SAA while it was building fortifications near the town of Tanjarah in the northwestern countryside of Hama. The bulldozer was targeted with an anti-tank guided missile.
In what appears to be a response to the attack, the SAA artillery pounded militnats’ positions around the town of Benin in southern Idlib.
The Fa Ithbatu coalition was formed on June 12 by Horas al-Din, Ansar al-Din, Ansar al-Islam, Liwa al-Muqatlin al-Ansar and Tansiqiyat al-Jihad. Fa Ithbatu succeeded the so-called wa-Harid al-Mu’minin coalition.
Horas al-Din, Ansar al-Din, Ansar al-Islam are affiliated with al-Qaeda. Liwa al-Muqatlin al-Ansar and Tansiqiyat al-Jihad, on the other side, were formed by defectors from Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
The coalition was apparently established to sabotage the March 5 Russian-Turkish agreement as well as to challenge HTS’ authority in Greater Idlib.