Syrian rebel chief killed in double suicide bomb: Monitor

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Syrian rebel chief killed in double suicide bomb: Monitor
Syrian rebels during a training in Idlib.

Beirut - Abu Abdel Rahman Salqin, one of the most senior leaders of Ahrar Al Sham, was among the seven rebels killed in a double suicide bombing.


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Published: Tue 14 Jul 2015, 7:50 PM

Last updated: Tue 14 Jul 2015, 9:56 PM

A senior member of the Syrian Ahrar Al Sham rebel group was killed along with six other fighters on Tuesday in a double suicide bombing in northwestern Syria, a monitor said.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was believed to have been carried out by a group linked to the Daesh group.
The Britain-based monitor said seven members of Ahrar Al Sham, a conservative rebel group, were killed in the blast near the town of Salqin.
Among them was Abu Abdel Rahman Salqin, described by Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman as "one of Ahrar Al Sham's most senior leaders".
Ahrar Al Sham is one of the most powerful rebel groups in northern Syria and belongs to an alliance with Al Qaeda affiliate Al Nusra Front that has seized most of Idlib province in recent months.
Despite its conservative ideology, Ahrar Al Sham is opposed to Daesh.
In September 2014, 47 members of Ahrar Al Sham's leadership were killed when a blast hit a meeting of its top religious and military chiefs in Idlib.
No group claimed responsibility for that bombing, which forced the group to quickly establish a new leadership.
Ahrar Al Sham is one of the oldest and largest of Syria's armed opposition groups, established in 2011 by hardliners released by the Syrian regime early in the uprising against President Bashar Al Assad.
Over the weekend, the group's foreign relations head wrote an opinion piece published in The Washington Post, criticising US policies towards Syria.
Labib Al Nahhas accused Washington of too narrowly defining the term "moderate" and said Ahrar Al Sham had been "unfairly vilified".
More than 230,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011.

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