Despite the announcement of the ceasefire in Syria which was brokered between Turkey and Russia in December of last year, Syrian opposition forces remain fractured and divided.
Ahrar al-Sham, lead by Abu Ammar al-Umar, is supported by Turkey and fights alongside its military forces targeting ISIS positions in Aleppo’s northern countryside of al-Bab as part of Operation Euphrates Shield. There are ongoing disputes amongst the group’s leadership, with some leaders seeking to break away to join Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS).
JFS, which was previously called Jabhat al-Nusra, was not included in the Syria ceasefire because of their links to al-Qaeda. The group has been the target of coalition airstrikes, one in which 25 of their members were killed in Sarmada, Idlib on Tuesday.