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Heavy Clashes In Idlib City Claim Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Security Commander (Video, Photos)

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Heavy Clashes In Idlib City Claim Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham Security Commander (Video, Photos)

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On October 2, heavy clashes broke out in the Wadi al-Nasim neighborhood in Idlib city, the center of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, when security forces of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) attempted to arrest a gunman.

The gunman resisted arrest and opened fire at HTS militants, killing a security commander. Opposition activists identified the slain commander as Anouar Hamoudi.

In an attempt to subdue the gunman, HTS locked up the entire neighborhood and deployed reinforcements, including heavy weapons.

Eventually, the gunman was killed. Some activists claimed that he was a small time criminal. However, others said he was an “independent Jihadist,” meaning he was operating in Greater Idlib without the consent of HTS, the de-facto ruler of the region.

Such confrontations are quite common in Greater Idlib where chaos continue to prevail under the rule of HTS and its leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani.

HTS’ security forces are widely hated and seen by many in Greater Idlib as a tool of oppression. In a recent incident, the group’s security forces arrested, tortured and humiliated three children who attempted to smuggled a few packs of cigarettes from the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin to Greater Idlib.

The mainstream media, MSM, turn the blind eye to HTS’ oppression, so does Turkey which keeps a large force in Greater Idlib that shields the terrorist group from Russian and Syrian government forces.

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