first published on March 5, 2018 by Sean
A new alliance of several Free Syria Army (FSA) factions is aggressively taking on al-Qaeda in Syria – hammering the jihadist group’s armored vehicles with multiple TOW missiles in a recently released video.
A new faction calling itself either Jabhat Tahrir Souria (JTS) or the Syrian Liberation Front (SLF), has been reportedly formed between Islamist groups Ahrar a-Sham and Harakat Nour e-Din a-Zinki. Operating under a new FSA banner, the group allegedly intends to challenge al-Qaeda in Syria known as Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and is operating in the volatile provinces of Idlib and Aleppo.
Since its formation this past month, the new alliance has been aggressively attacking HTS positions and has wrestled control of several towns from the powerful jihadist group. HTS was arguable the most powerful group operating in both Idlib and Aleppo, only competing with ISIS and the recent regime operations in the region. JTS has upset this balance of power and forced al-Qaeda to divert attention and resources away from its other defensive lines in the area.
The video below was released detailing some of the recent fighting between these two rival factions. JTS targets three HTS tanks and one BMP – scoring hits on all four with TOW missile systems.
As power continues to shift and transform throughout anarchical Syria, new groups will continue to emerge for a multitude of reasons. In this particular case, two jihadist groups merged to fight a third. Given that this part of the world is where the old saying “the enemy of my enemy, is my friend” was coined, no one should really be that surprised at this recent development.