BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:12 P.M.) – Forces of the Al-Qaeda-linked Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra) jihadist group have kicked-off an offensive against the newly formed Jabhat Tahrir Souriya faction in western Aleppo province according to some pro-rebel sources.
The reported assault by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham against Jabhat Tahrir Souriya takes place no less than just one day after latter militia – a merger between Syrian Brotherhood affiliate Ahrar al-Sham and Free Syrian Army affiliate Noor al-Din al-Zenki – came into existence.
So far, pro-Free Syrian Army sources claim that positions of Jabhat Tahrir Souriya in Aleppo province’s western countryside (the main area of the group’s operations) are currently being stormed by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham assault (inghamasis) units. Whether or not heavy weapons such as tanks and artillery are being used for the attack has not been clarified.
If the reports are true then the onslaught by Ha’yat Tahrir al-Sham against Jabhat Tahrir Souriya represents the the high-point of weeks of escalation between the Al-Qaeda-linked group and Noor al-Din al-Zenki.