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Syrian Rebel Leader Evades Assassination in Idlib

THE LEVANT – The leader of the Syrian Revolutionary Front, Jamal Ma’arouf, suffered minor injuries today, after the Syrian Air Force bombardment of Deir Sanbal in the Idlib Governate. An SRF officer and Jamal Ma’arouf’s lead deputy, Mohammad Faisal Ma’arouf (AKA Abu Ja’afar Al-Malek) were killed during the attack. According to Syrian Opposition activists, Jamal Ma’arouf’s daughter was among the casualties, following the Air Force bombardment; however, this has not been confirmed. Ma’arouf is currently seeking medical assistance in a Turkish hospital on the border of Idlib.

This attack comes one week after Jamal Ma’arouf evaded a previous assassination attempt by an unknown group in the Idlib Governate. The attack resulted in the death of ‘Ahrar Al-Sham/Islamic Front leader, Hassan Abboud, along with dozens of other brigade commanders during a rebel meeting in Idlib. While no group has claimed responsibility, most Opposition activists believe it was the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) behind the attack.

Ma’arouf’s, Syrian Revolutionary Front, is fighting alongside Jabhat Al-Nusra in the provinces of Rif Dimashq, Al-Quneitra, and Dara’a. Recently, a document was released alleging that the SRF and ISIS had reached a ceasefire agreement in the Rif Dimashq village of Hajar Al-Aswad (Black Stone) – Syrian Opposition activists claim the letter is false and that no such agreement is in place. The SRF is considered to be the most moderate of all rebel groups fighting in Syria, despite their coordination with the Al-Qaeda linked, Al-Nusra Front.

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