A high-ranking commander of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham Takfiri terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, has been killed in a fierce exchange of gunfire with a group of rival militants in Syria’s northwestern province of Aleppo.
The extremists announced on their social media pages on Saturday that one of their senior commanders, identified by the nom de guerre Atiyallah, had lost his life after a bloody gun battle with a number of opponents.
Chaos, infighting and accusations have soared within the ranks of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham over the past few days as Syrian government forces, supported by allied fighters from popular defense groups, continue to make territorial gains against the Takfiris.
Meanwhile, Syrian army troops and their allies have carried out fresh operations against Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in the southern parts of Aleppo province, inflicting substantial losses on them.
A military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency, SANA, that Syrian soldiers and pro-government fighters had managed to regain complete control over al-Wazz Hill west of Tarfawi village, killing and injuring many terrorists in the process.
The source added that army units then started combing the area of hidden ordnance and remnants of the Takfiri terrorist group.
Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. The Syrian government says the Israeli regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding the Takfiri terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the country.