The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has killed an Indonesian terrorist during clashes with radical militants in the northern Hama countryside, Syrian pro-government activists revealed on January 18.
According to the activists, the terrorist, who is known by his nom de guerre “Abu Mujahid al-Andunisi,” was a member Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) special forces. This unit is responsible for several recent violations of the Russian-Turkish demilitarized zone agreement.
Last week, the SAA repelled an attack by HTS’ special forces on its positions south of the opposition-held town of Kafr Zita in northern Hama. Most of the attackers were reported killed by the army.
The presence of foreign fighters in the ranks of HTS is a clear evidence that the radical group didn’t abandoned the ideology of al-Qaeda as it claimed two years ago. This pose a serious threat to the entire region, especially that HTS is now in control of a large part of northwestern Syria.
After the apparent failure of the demilitarized zone agreement, the Damascus government and its allies are now reportedly considering a military solution to address the HTS threat.