TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Nusra Front (that recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham) is preparing war plans to force Ahrar al-Sham militant group out of Idlib after reports said the latter has signed the ceasefire agreement brokered by Russia and Turkey between the Syrian government and some militant groups, dissident sources said on Saturday.
Sources close to the dissident groups in Northwestern Syria said that Al-Nusra has prepared war plans to capture the entire Idlib province and force Ahrar al-Sham back across the border into Turkey after the latter militant group joined the ceasefire agreement between the Syrian government and the so-called moderate dissidents that tasks Ahrar al-Sham to assign a new mission to all its militants that used to fight against the Syrian government to stand against the Al-Nusra Front as a terrorist group and open war on the Al-Qaeda offshoot in Idlib.
Meantime, media sources reported that Turkey has warned all militant groups in Idlib that merger with al-Nusra would amount to “suicide” as Ankara has agreed to separate al-Nusra Front and extremist commanders from other groups in Northern Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that around 51,500 militants from seven different militant groups have joined the ceasefire initiated by Moscow and Ankara to halt hostilities across Syria.
The Russian Defense Ministry has released the hereunder list of militant groups which have joined the ceasefire in Syria till December 30, 2016:
1. Faylaq al-Sham with over 4,000 militants
The militant group is active in Aleppo, Idlib, Hama and Homs provinces.
2. Ahrar al-Sham with about 16,000 fighters
The full name is Harakat Ahrar al-Sham al-Islamiyah.
The militant group has been carrying out combat operations against government forces in Aleppo, Damascus, Dara’a, Idlib, Lattakia, Hama and Homs provinces.
3. Jeish al-Islam with around 12,000 fighters
The militant group has been fighting against the Syrian army in Aleppo, Damascus, Dara’a, Deir Ezzur, Lattakia, Hama and Homs provinces.
4. Thuwar al-Sham with around 2,500 militants
The militant group has been clashing with the army men in Aleppo, Idlib and Lattakia provinces.
5. Jeish al-Mujahedeen with about 8,000 militants
The militant group has been battling the army soldiers in Aleppo city and the provinces of Aleppo, Idlib and Hama.
6. Jeish Idlib with more than 6,000 fighters
Jeish Idlib conducts combat actions in the Idlib province.
7. Jabhat al-Shamiyah with about 3,000 people
The militant group has been fighting government forces in Aleppo, Idlib and Damascus provinces.