Arab Today, arab today qaedas syria wing battles to enter regimeheld idlib
Last Updated : GMT 02:16:14
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Qaeda's Syria wing battles to enter regime-held Idlib

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Qaeda's Syria wing battles to enter regime-held Idlib

Rebel fighters from an alliance of Islamist rebel groups
Beirut - AFP

Fierce clashes raged at the eastern entrance to the Syrian city of Idlib as regime forces battled a coalition of rebels led by Al-Qaeda's local branch on Wednesday, a monitor said.
The clashes came a day after a new coalition made up of Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its Islamist allies launched an operation against the regime-held provincial capital in northwest Syria.
"Fighting is ongoing at the eastern entrance and in the outskirts of the city, which is also being shelled by Al-Nusra Front and its Islamist allies," said Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
Idlib province is largely under the control of Al-Nusra, but the provincial capital Idlib city remains in regime hands.
If it falls, it would be only the second provincial capital to fall from regime control after Raqa, which is now the de facto capital of the Islamic State jihadist group.
At least 40 people have been killed in the fighting since Tuesday, among them 20 regime forces and 20 fighters from the Islamist groups Ahrar al-Sham and Al-Nusra, the Observatory said.
"The Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham regained control of four checkpoints in the suburbs of the city," Abdel Rahman said.
The opposition forces carried out three suicide bomb attacks against regime checkpoints outside the city, the Observatory said.
Al-Nusra said on Twitter that dozens where killed when it attacked a building used by regime forces with a military vehicle laden with explosives.
Syria's SANA state news agency reported "fierce clashes on the outskirts of Idlib city between army units and terrorist groups including Al-Nusra Front... that tried to launch a terrorist attack on the outskirts of the city yesterday."
"The army inflicted heavy losses," the agency said, reporting "dozens" of rebel deaths.
Idlib governor Khaireddin al-Sayyed told AFP the army was backed by the National Defence Forces and Popular Committees, pro-government militia groups.
"They will not advance an inch into the city," he told AFP by phone.
"There is no evacuation plan because the residents will not be leaving, they will participate in defence of the city," he added.
Sayyed said Idlib's pre-war population of around 200,000 had swelled massively since Syria's conflict began in March 2011, with waves of displaced people taking refuge in the city.
Al-Nusra controls much of Idlib province after it chased out rival groups, including Western-backed opposition fighters, last November.
Government forces control Idlib city, along with the towns of Jisr al-Shughur and Ariha, Abu Duhur military airport and five military bases in the province.
More than 215,000 people have been killed in Syria's four-year conflict and around half the country's population has been displaced.

arabstoday
arabstoday

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today qaedas syria wing battles to enter regimeheld idlib Arab Today, arab today qaedas syria wing battles to enter regimeheld idlib

 



Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today qaedas syria wing battles to enter regimeheld idlib Arab Today, arab today qaedas syria wing battles to enter regimeheld idlib

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation

GMT 18:41 2017 Friday ,20 October

Designer Aql Faqih aspires to innovation
Arab Today, arab today Malaysia Airlines picks new CEO

GMT 12:54 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Malaysia Airlines picks new CEO
Arab Today, arab today Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts

GMT 17:52 2017 Sunday ,03 September

Etiquette expert underlines importance of gifts
Arab Today, arab today Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins

GMT 07:10 2017 Saturday ,21 October

Residents get glimpse of Raqa in ruins
Arab Today, arab today Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge

GMT 11:26 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Hiring not part of Alibaba pledge
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today World's deepest lake in peril

GMT 15:54 2017 Friday ,20 October

World's deepest lake in peril
Arab Today, arab today Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action

GMT 10:54 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Ex-French minister Dati wants tough action
Arab Today, arab today Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'

GMT 16:07 2017 Friday ,20 October

Delhi braces for pollution 'airpocalypse'
Arab Today, arab today The history of solar eclipses

GMT 05:16 2017 Sunday ,20 August

The history of solar eclipses
Arab Today, arab today EU raids automaker BMW

GMT 11:06 2017 Saturday ,21 October

EU raids automaker BMW
Arab Today, arab today Sweden to get biggest car factory

GMT 14:10 2017 Friday ,20 October

Sweden to get biggest car factory
Arab Today, arab today Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role

GMT 08:15 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Actress Mona Zaki praises husband’s role
Arab Today, arab today Massacre fears spark race

GMT 19:09 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Massacre fears spark race

GMT 08:57 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Actress Shery Adel happy for Egypt’s qualification

GMT 18:15 2017 Monday ,16 October

British actress becomes fifth woman

GMT 16:53 2017 Tuesday ,05 September

Youssra depended on colored foam

GMT 16:00 2017 Wednesday ,18 October

Climate-disrupting volcanoes helped topple

GMT 10:46 2017 Saturday ,05 August

Nanis reveals simple ideas for home renovation

GMT 09:56 2017 Friday ,20 October

Privacy Groups Warn of Perils

GMT 08:04 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Second US judge orders freeze

GMT 17:12 2017 Monday ,07 August

Al-Shawaifi reveals secrets of total solar eclipse

GMT 20:46 2017 Thursday ,19 October

Qualcomm files lawsuits in China to ban iPhones

GMT 16:53 2017 Saturday ,02 September

Mai importance of gifts during Eid Al-Adha
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday