Nusra Front tunnel-bomb regime stronghold in Idlib

Nusra Front executes tunnel-bombing attack on regime checkpoint after 11 months of preparation

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

A bombing attack by the al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliated Nusra Front was executed under a checkpoint in the regime stronghold of Jabal al-Arbaeen which lies on the road to Ariha, south of Idlib, killing more than 16 regime soldiers, according to the Syrian opposition news website Orient News.

The Fateh Army which is comprised of seven opposition groups including the Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham and the Levant Front, then attacked on the al-Fanar checkpoint in Jabal al-Arbaeen.

According to Orient News, it took 150 members of the Nusra Front 11 months to dig the underground tunnel to complete the operation.

After the bombing opposition, fighters reportedly broke into the checkpoint and seized ammunitions and military vehicles belonging to the Syrian army.

The regime forces were forced to also withdraw from the neighbouring checkpoint of al-Jami'at after the clashes, Orient News reported.

Significant opposition advances were also made towards dozens of other checkpoints near Ariha as weather conditions prevented regime aircraft from supporting its soldiers on the ground.

The Fateh Army’s Idlib operation room was formed last March to orchestrate the armed takeover of the Idlib Province from the regime.

The opposition alliance took over the city of Idlib on March 28 and later the city of Jisr al-Shughur. The battle to capture the suburbs of Idlib continues.

While opposition forces in northern Syria made significant advances, they also lost over nine positions Wednesday on the highest peak of the Qalamoun mountain range in fierce clashes which lasted over a week with Hezbollah militias and regime forces the Lebanese Daily Star reported.

ISIS makes gains in Syria

The New York Times reported that ISIS announced Tuesday that the group captured the town of al-Sukhna in the eastern province of Homs killing 28 of regime forces in clashes that wounded more than 100 fighters from both sides.

ISIS militants also took control of the last remaining regime checkpoint in the town of Huaija in the Dair al-Zor province Tuesday night after bombing attacks ended regime forces’ months long attempt to capture the town.

Meanwhile in northern Aleppo opposition fighters of the Levant Front forced ISIS to retreat and lose ground in clashes near the Shebaa Dam.

ISIS captured the Syrian Province of Raqqa declaring it the capital the group in June 2014 after seizing swathes of territory in Syria and Iraq  since 2013.

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