The latest victim of clashes between terrorist gangs in the Idlib de-escalation zone of Northern Syria is the field commander of the pro-Turkish illegal armed group “al-Wataniya Li-Tahrir”, Abu al-Khalik Abdullah Jiro.

A RusVesna report citing military sources has unveiled video footage of when the terrorist field commander was ambushed by competitors from the “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” militant group. 

By tracing Abu al-Khalik’s regular moves, and knowing his hatred for the Syrian government, Tahrir al-sham terrorists set the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic on the side of a road he frequented. The short-sighted field commander furiously went to remove the flag, where he was literally blown to pieces in an explosion.

After the explosive assassination of al-Khalik,  Hayat Tahrir al-sham terrorists opened fire on and destroyed the group of “Nour al-Din al-Zenki” militants who arrived to collect the pieces of their commander.

Pro-Turkish militants who are involved in the  “al-Watania Li-Tahrir” coalition and have secretly penetrated “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” have been known to receive support from the United States and France. They were also included in the list of pro-American “moderate opposition”. However, later they switched to Turkey’s side.

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The Abu al-Khalik group was also closely linked to the Nour al-Din al-Zenki, which became notorious after the publication of a video showing the beheading of a 12-year-old Palestinian teenager accused of supporting Bashar al-Assad.

Tensions with “Hayat Tahrir al-sham” began in 2015, but were exacerbated to the point of clashes in 2017, when  Hayat Tahrir al-sham and Ahrar al-sham turned on one another, with Nour al-Din al-Zenki taking the latter’s side.

Today’s events once again demonstrate a serious split between different terrorist groups controlled by different countries. Illegal armed groups have clung to diminishing funding from the West and are killing each other for the right to remain at the financial trough.

Idlib as a whole is mired in inter-gang fights in the likes of “king of the hill.” Some groups are desperately opting to do whatever it takes to hang on to their power and resources, while others’ actions are being driven by radical Islamist ideologies. And this “terrorist cauldron” is being heated by none other than the self-styled global hegemon: the United States.

Meanwhile, military sources and analyses suggest that the Syrian Arab Army is on the verge of descending upon the Idlib zone. This would be a key final offensive that could potentially accelerate the reassertion of Syrian sovereignty over the war-torn country.

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