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Two prominent Fateh al-Sham commanders defect: statement

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Two prominent figures in the powerful Jabhat Fateh al-Sham have defected on Sunday, saying the scatter inside the former al Qaeda group and deep discords stand behind their decision.

In a handwriting statement, Abu Ahmed Zakkour and Hamza Sa'da, members in al-Shura council, said the rebel groups are not taking the interests of the Syrian people in their account since most of unity calls have been failed.

The defection statement come hours before the planned Syrian peace talks being held in Kazakhstan's Astana between key rebel groups and the Syrian regime.

The formerly known as Nusra Front has been under critics by fellow rebel groups amid claims that Nusra is halting peace solutions and not taking into consideration the recent development, especially after Aleppo collapse and mounting U.S. attacks against it.

On Thursday, a U.S. air strike targeting training camp in Idlib province killed more than 100 Fateh al-Sham militants, the Pentagon said in a statement.

 "The removal of this training camp disrupts training operations and discourages hardline Islamist and Syrian opposition groups from joining or cooperating with al-Qaida on the battlefield," Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in the statement.


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