Syrian rebel leader killed


Hassan Abboud, leader of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement, who was killed in a suicidal attack in Syria's Idlib on Tuesday. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – On Tuesday evening, a suicide bomber targeted the headquarters of Ahrar al-Sham Movement (a Syrian rebel group) in the city of Idlib in northern Syria, causing the death of the movement’s leader Hassan Abboud, known as Abu Abdullah al-Hamwi.

Ahrar al-Sham Movement is a member of the extended umbrella of the armed opposition known as the Islamic Front.

Although no party has claimed the responsibility for the suicide attack against the movement’s headquarters in Idlib, opposition activists accused militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) of being behind the operation, arguing that IS is trying to extend its control in Aleppo and Idlib by all possible means, and carrying out such accurate operations against prominent rebel leaders is most likely led by IS militants.

Militants fighters of IS are in conflict with the  Syrian rebel groups in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib, after expelling the rebels from Deir ez-Zor nearly two months ago.

Speaking to ARA News, Abdul Karim al-Kurdi, member of the political body of the Islamic Front, confirmed the death of several leading members of Ahrar al-Sham, including Mohammed al-Shami “Abu Yezen”, the general official of Ahrar al-Sham Movement in Aleppo and a member of the Shura Council in the movement.

Al-Kurdi said that the suicide attack also claimed the lives of Abu Talha (military commander of the movement), Abu Ayman Hamdan (military-planning official in the movement), Abu Abdullah al-Malik (the legal official in the Islamic Front), Abu Yousef Binnish, Abul Khair Taoom and other members of the Movement.

Noteworthy, Ahrar al-Sham Movement is one of the largest factions in the Syrian Islamic Front (one of the largest military organizations fighting against the Assad regime in Syria).


Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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