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Guardians of Religion Organization gains control of village in Hama

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Editing: Hazem Halak |
TranslationEditor: Glory Jabr |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith
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Publication date: 2020/05/10 09:44

Hama - SMART

On Sunday, the Guardians of Religion Organization affiliated with the al-Qaeda gained control of the village of al-Manara (Tanjara) and Syrian government forces’ posts in northwestern Hama, Central Syria.

The Guardians of Religion Organization is an armed insurgent group affiliated with al-Qaeda in Idlib. The head of the group, Abu Humam al-Shami, was formerly a member of Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and the al-Nusra Front. The Guardians of Religion in Idlib are not confirmed to be connected with the organization of a similar name in Ghouta. The organization operates in the northern Latakia, the western Hama, and the southern Idlib countryside. 

A military source from the wa-Harid al-Mu'minin operations room reported to the SMART-affiliate al-Bawaba in Hama that fierce clashes erupted between the Syrian government forces and the Guardians of Religion, which gained control of al-Manara and two Syrian government forces posts in the vicinity of the village of al-Hakura, northwestern Hama. the source added that the Guardians of Religion killed 25 Syrian government forces members.

The wa-Harid al-Mu'minin operations room that includes Islamist battalions, most prominantly the Guardians of Religion issued a brief statement saying that they attacked the Syrian government forces posts and gatherings in al-Manara (Tanjara), gaining control of it along with nearby posts. The statement added that the battalions killed and injured Syrian government forces members. The statement provided no further details.

The wa-Harid al-Mu'minin operations room includes Islamist battalions such as the Gurdians of Religion, the Ansar al-Tawheed, the Ansar al-Islam group, and Ansar al-Deen. The room was formed in Northern Syria in mid October 2018 to respond to Syrian government forces and Russian attacks on the area.

The Syrian government forces stationed at the Jorin base shelled the villages of al-Enkawi, al-Qahira, and Qalidin in northwestern Hama.

The Syrian government forces stationed at the Jorin base shelled the villages of Kafr Aweed, Kansafra, Ain La Rose, and al-Mouzrah, southern Idlib. The villages are adjacent to the locations of battles.

On March 5, 2020, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erodgan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin reached a ceasefire agreement in Idlib. The agreement entered into force at 00:01 a.m on March 6, 2020. The agreement stated joint military patrol along the M4 international highway.