BEIRUT, Feb 14 — Dozens of fighters have been killed in two days of fighting between rival jihadist factions in northwestern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported today.
The fighting has pitted a jihadist group seen as ideologically close to Islamic State – Jund al-Aqsa – against a newly formed jihadist alliance spearheaded by a faction that was once al Qaeda’s official affiliate in the war.
The jihadist alliance – Tahrir al-Sham – has captured at least six villages from Jund al-Aqsa since Monday, the Observatory reported. Their power struggle is focused in northern areas of Hama province and adjoining areas of Idlib.
Tahrir al-Sham was formed last month from an alliance of factions including Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, known as the Nusra Front until it formally severed ties with al Qaeda last year.
The Observatory said the death toll on both sides so far stood at 69.