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Unstable Idlib: Blast Rocks City Center Few Hours After Attack On Hayat Tahrir al-Sham Checkpoint (Photos)

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The northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, which is ruled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), is still far from being stable.

On January 16 morning, a blast rocked Idlib city center. The explosion took place near the city hall, where members of HTS’ Salvation Government meet on a regular basis. The blast was reportedly caused by an explosive device that was planted under a pick-up truck.

According to opposition sources, a child was injured in the explosion. The identity of the truck’s driver and his current status remain unknown.

The blast took place a few hours after an attack on a checkpoint of HTS. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said gunmen opened fire at the checkpoint, which is located near the southern entrance of Idlib city in the early morning. No losses were reported.

Opposition sources speculated that the attacks in Greater Idlib were carried out by ISIS cells as a response to a recent operation by HTS.

During the operation, which took place earlier this week in Kafar Takharim in northern Idlib, HTS forces eliminated two members of ISIS and captured two others.

HTS has been actively working to tighten its grip on Greater Idlib. Nevertheless, the terrorist group is facing more and more challenges, especially from other radical formations.

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Cromwell

Rat on rat violence,i wish the Russians would let the SAA finish the job in Idlib,they should destroy the place,it can rise frrom the ashes and be built again once the Rodents have been incinerated,and if any rats are left alive they can be used as slave labour to repair all the damage they have done,work the bastards to death.

Furkan Sahin

Wahhabi has destroyed Idlib lol

Willing Conscience (The Truths

“HTS has been actively working to tighten its grip on Greater Idlib. Nevertheless, the terrorist group is facing more and more challenges, especially from other radical formations”.

Yes HTS is definitely the odd man out now, all the other groups don’t like the fact HTS gave up Jihad in March last year, and is also currently trying to force the other groups into giving up Jihad as well, and they’ve been moderately successful.

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