The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) killed more than 45 militants, including 5 senior Free Syrian Army (FSA) commanders, in northern Hama over the last few days, pro-government sources revealed on May 15.
The sources identified the 5 slain commanders as Lt. Col. Mohammed Mahmoud Al-Shamali of Jaysh al-Nasir, Captain Ahmed Ismail and Mohamad Najar of the Idlib Free Army and Mohammed Abdul Karim and Muayad al-Jasser of Jaysh al-Izza.
Jaysh al-Nasir and the Idlib Free Army are a part of the Turkish-backed National Front for Liberation (NFL) coalition, while Jaysh al-Izza is independent. However, the group is known for being an ally of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) [the former branch of al-Qaeda in Syria].
According to the sources, all the militants were killed while trying to repel the ongoing military operation of the SAA in the northern and northwestern Hama countryside.
Dozens of militants have been killed since the beginning of the SAA’s military operation around Idlib earlier this month. However, militant groups in northern Syria rarely acknowledge their real loses.