On January 8, unidentified gunmen attacked a checkpoint of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
The gunmen opened fire from their assault rifles at the checkpoint, which is located on the southern entrance of Idlib city, in the early hours of the morning.
“The attack killed two members of the checkpoint, while the attackers managed to escape,” the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in a report.
Today, HTS is ruling over much of Greater Idlib despite the presence of a fairly large force of the Turkish military in the region. Turkish forces are not intervening with the terrorist group’s operations.
There was no immediate claim to the attack. ISIS cells, Syrian intelligence operatives or Turkish-backed factions, which had several conflicts with HTS over the past few years, may be behind the attack.
While rising to power, HTS created many enemies. The terrorist group attacked any side that attempted to challenge its authorities, including other al-Qaeda-affiliate formations .
HTS maintains a tight grip over Greater Idlib. However, the situation in the region is far from being stable. The recent attack proves that some in the region are still willing to challenge the group’s brutal authority.
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