The “Wa Harid al-Muminin” operations room announced on July 2 that its fighters had carried out a successful hit-and-run attack on a key position of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the area of al-Masharie in the northern Hama countryside.
A day later, the operations room released an infographic claiming that seven Syrian service members were killed in the attack and that several light weapons were captured.
The Wa Harid al-Muminin operations room was formed last year by al-Qaeda-affiliated Jamat Ansar al-Islam, Horas al-Din, Jabhat Ansar al-Islam and Ansar al-Tawhid. Since its establishment, the operations room has rejected all ceasefire agreements and openly worked to sabotage them.
Last week, 18 SAA soldiers were killed in a similar attack by Wa Harid al-Muminin’s fighters on a military position near the town of Atshan in northern Hama.
These repeated attacks around Idlib reflect the deteriorating situation in the region, where the influence of al-Qaeda-affiliated groups continue to grow under the eyes of Turkish observation posts.