Ceasefire deal sees jihadists take over Syria's Idlib: reports
SEE ALSO : Attack on Mali army base kills 11 soldiersSince September, Idlib has been shielded from a threatened government offensive by a precarious truce agreed between government ally Russia and rebel backer Turkey. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor, said Thursday's deal saw the whole rebel enclave come under HTS administrative control. Other jihadist factions -- such as the Al-Qaeda-linked Hurras al-Deen group and the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) -- are present in other areas of Idlib but are allied with HTS, Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. On Wednesday, a deal between HTS and rival rebel commanders saw the jihadist-led alliance take control of two parts of Idlib, Sahl al-Ghab and Jabal Shahshabo. Last week, HTS seized dozens of villages from another NLF faction in the northeast of the enclave.
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