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Unidentified Gunmen Target Turkish-Backed Sham Corps In Eastern Idlib Once Again

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Unidentified Gunmen Target Turkish-Backed Sham Corps In Eastern Idlib Once Again

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On May 10, unidentified gunmen attacked a headquarters of the Turkish-backed Sham Corps near the town of Binnish in the eastern Idlib countryside.

“Clashes took place between the headquarters’ personnel and the attackers, before the latter run away … There is no information on any casualties until this moment,” the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said in a report.

A series of attacks targeted positions and personnel of the Sham Corps in the southern and eastern Idlib countryside over the last few weeks. In the most recent attack, which occurred on May 7, gunmen attacked a headquarters of the group near the towns of al-Fu’ah and Kafriya.

In a speech with Enab Baladi, a pro-opposition news outlet, Capt. Naji Mustafa, a spokesman for the Sham Corps, said the attacks are being investigating without providing any additional details on the matter.

Another spokesman for the group, Saif Ra’ad, told Enab Baladi that eight attacks targeted Turkish-backed militants in southern and eastern Idlib in the last few days. Equipment and arms were stolen in some of the attacks.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham was accused of plotting some of the attacks. The group was recently provoked by the Sham Corps’ close work with Turkish forces to reopen the M4 highway. However, there is no evidence confirming the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham involvement in attacks yet.

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  • It’s moments like these I think, is an offensive really needed? This is 10 times more satisfying, I hope NLF and HTS destroy each other, with the Turks in between the crossfire. Russia needs to push for the M4 to open for this to eventually happen, then the SAA can roll in after it’s over, in June.

    • After all, there are differences between Salafi and Sufi jihadists, we should put use of that