09 Oct '17, 9pm

Islamic State attacks rival jihadists in Hama province | FDD's Long War Journal

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (“Assembly for the Liberation of Syria”) released this map showing the proximity of its battles against the Assad regime (left) and the Islamic State (right). The Islamic State has launched a new offensive against Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), the self-declared caliphate’s longtime jihadist rival, in Hama province. Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s men attacked HTS in eastern Hama province, capturing several villages in the process. The battle is part of the Islamic State’s “Abu Muhammad al Adnani” campaign, which was named for the group’s fallen spokesman and leader. Much of the offensive has been focused on Bashar al Assad’s regime, as well as its Russian and Iranian backers, in central and eastern Syria. The Russians and the Iranians have played a key role in propping up Assad’s forces, including during their push into eastern Syria this past summer. But Assad...

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