Syrian rebel group elects new leader

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Members of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement in Syria's Idlib. File photo

ARA News

Istanbul, Turkey – The Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham (Syrian rebel faction working under the umbrella of the Islamic Front, one of the largest military organizations fighting against the Assad regime in Syria) appointed a new leader, succeeding Hassan Abboud, who was killed in a suicide bombing on Tuesday during a meeting of the movement’s leaders in the countryside of Idlib, northern Syria.

On Wednesday, the movement released a statement following an emergency meeting, announcing Sheikh Hashem Abu Jaber as a new leader, and Abu Saleh Tahhan as a new military commander.

The statement added that the Movement will continue what it called “the revolutionary path” by fighting pro-Assad army and “liberating Syria from tyranny”.

Hassan Abboud, the former leader of Ahrar al-Sham Movement, was killed on Tuesday evening along with several leading members of the movement in a suicide bombing which targeted their headquarters in Idlib, where they were holding a meeting.

Sources in the armed opposition stated to ARA News that the explosion was caused by a “chemical agent” causing the death of the leaders as a result of burns and suffocation.

 

Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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