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Idlib: Tahrir al-Sham storms Daesh sleeper cells in Dana town

Local | 2019-02-12 04:29:40
 Idlib: Tahrir al-Sham storms Daesh sleeper cells in Dana town
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Hayat Tahrir al-Sham on Monday has raided Daesh sleeper cells in Dana town in the northern Idlib province, activists said.

Two Daesh militants and a child girl were killed due to the clashes between the former al-Qaeda branch and ISIS.

Seven more jihadists were detained by Tahrir al-Sham, source told Zaman al-Wasl.

Daesh has carried out a series of assassinations targeted commanders of the formerly known Nusra Front in Syria.

The northwestern province, which lies along the border with Turkey, has been held since 2015 by the jihadist-led Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance and other rival rebels.

Idlib and slivers of adjacent provinces form the largest remaining block of rebel territory -- and the next expected target of Bashar al-Assad's troops and their Russian allies.

Turkey, which backs moderate Syrian rebels, and Russia, the regime's principal foreign ally, agreed in September to create a demilitarised zone in northwest Idlib region that would be evacuated of all heavy weapons and hardline fighters.

Russia has demanded that Turkey do more to tackle hardcore fighters in Idlib province and fulfill promises.

Turkey says it has been implementing the Idlib agreement without any problems, despite provocations from different sides in the war.

Since Syria's conflict erupted in 2011, more than 560,000 people have been killed, more than 11 million have fled their homes and medical infrastructure has been systematically targeted.

Zaman Al Wasl
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