The National Liberation Front (NLF) issued a statement declaring war on Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), calling the group a “general threat” after losing territory and fighters in western Aleppo governorate.
Syrian rebel groups Ahrar al-Sham and Nour al-Din Zinki Movement announced merging ranks under a new formation called “Jabhat Tahrir Suriya,” in an attempt to fight the “enemies” of the Syrian revolution and rebel factions that “lost the compass of their rifle.”
Highlights: HTS reports HTS' judge Abu Mujahid al-Masri was killed in the continued disputes and clashes with Nour al-Din Zinki in the western countryside of Aleppo, failure in reaching a resolution and ceasefire; claims regaining control of two villages from the regime forces following clashes in southern Aleppo; attacking the regime army in Eastern Hama and a Russian convoy in the countryside of Latakkia;
Highlights: HTS claims regaining control of a village from IS and killing an unidentified number of IS members in clashes in the eastern countryside of Hama, further clashes with IS in the countryside of Idlib; reports killing a number of regime soldiers east of Hama; ongoing confrontations with Nour al-Din Zinki in the western countryside of Aleppo; rehab activities in Western Aleppo.
Highlights: HTS claims attacks on the regime’s army in west and north of Aleppo and taking control of al-Tell in Western Ghouta; the group condemned the execution of seven members of White Helmets in Sarmeen and promised to provide protection to the civil defense in the liberated areas; HTS refused news of disputes with the First Coastal Division in Latakkia and denied attacks against Nour al-Din Zinki Movement in Aleppo; HTS News reported the release of 104 prisoners as per the agreement reached between the group in Western Qalamoun and the regime.
Tahrir al-Sham released a video showing the structure of the organization, including comprising groups, the most prominent scholars and factions that pledged allegiance to it, and identifying the outcome and the goals of the new structure.
Rebel groups operating in Syria criticized the fatwa issued by prominent Islamic scholars calling for a merger among the Syrian rebel groups which was allegedly signed by Ahrar al-Sham, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS), Ajnad al-Sham, Noor al-Dine al-Zanki, Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) and others.
Rebel groups claimed recapturing points in al-Shaikh S’aeed, Aleppo, and killing and injuring many regime forces in clashes in Hama.
Noor al-Dine al-Zanki Movement welcomed Jaish al-Shamal to its ranks in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
Rebel groups operating in the northern countryside of Aleppo announced a merger with Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement and Noor al-Dine al-Zanki in an attempt to fight the regime, its allies, and the Islamic State (IS) as a unified force, and to help lift the siege of Aleppo.
Faylaq al-Sham, Jaish al-Islam, the Nuruddin al-Zinki Movement, and thirteen other rebel groups in Syria declared standing in support of the Ahrar al-Sham Islamic Movement “militarily, security-wise, and morally” following the group’s accusation that Jund al-Aqsa has ties to the Islamic State (IS).
The Syrian rebel group, Harakat Nour al-Din al-Zenki, condemned the beheading of a 13-year-old regime fighter carried out by its fighters in Handarat, Aleppo, calling the action an “individual mistake,” and holding the “international community” responsible.
Nusra Front (NF), al-Qaeda’s branch in Syria, claimed continued advance and capturing of several points in al-Malah in the northern countryside of Aleppo in a joint attack with Noor al-Dine al-Zanki.
Eight Syrian opposition groups that participated in the Riyadh talks released a joint statement of appreciation to the hosting country, Saudi Arabia, for the ultimate decision against Bashar al-Assad and for standing with the revolution of the Syrian people.