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New chapter of the militia war in Idlib: a drone kills the likely leaders of Horas al-Din (the Guardians of Religion), a Qaedist group but a rival of HTS
The militia war in Idlib is further complicated. The attack of an unknown drone caused the death of two high commanders of Horas al-Din (the Guardians of Religion), a Qaedist group part of the galaxy headed by Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), but antagonist of the former Front al -Nusra. The two, a Jordanian and a Yemeni, could be Qassam al-Urduni (aka Qassam the Jordanian) and Bilal al-Sanaani. The first was the military general commander of the jihadists, while the second of the “desert army”. Those who killed them decapitated the formation’s leadership, already hit hard last December when another UAV eliminated its commander in chief: Bilal Khuraisat (aka Abu Khadija al-Urduni). In addition, it did a favor to HTS, with whom Horas al-Din had recently clashed in the Syrian province. Not surprisingly, al Qaeda leaders in the area condemned these internal “provocations”.
Meanwhile, Iran seeks to extend influence to Deir Ezzor with the weapon of “culture”
Meanwhile, Iran seeks to extend its influence to the east by opening “cultural centers”. Currently the first one (the Bright Light) has almost been completed in Mayadeen and others should soon be born in the Syrian region between Abu Kamal and Deir Ezzor. The formal objective is to create aggregation structures especially for young people and children. In reality, Tehran tries to exploit the high conditions of poverty and widespread unemployment for propaganda and recruiting operations, thanks to the weapon of culture. This is because it is one thing to destroy military targets such as bases or convoys. Another is to attack civilians, moreover if youngsters gravitate to them. The operation, however, is carefully monitored by both the SDF and international intelligence.