A year after its first show up | Ansar Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Battalion claims responsibility of new attack on Turkish forces in Idlib countryside • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

A year after its first show up | Ansar Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Battalion claims responsibility of new attack on Turkish forces in Idlib countryside

Idlib province: SOHR activists have reported that a Jihadist group called “Ansar Abu Bakr Al-Siddiq Battalion” issued a statement posted on social media, claiming responsibility of an IED attack which targeted a Turkish patrol near Qumaynas checkpoint in the countryside of Idlib at nearly 1:30 PM, today Aug 10, 2021.

 

According to the statement, the attack came as a “retaliation to the killing of Muslims in camps and on the border by the soldiers of Erdogan’s tyrants”.

 

Earlier today, SOHR sources reported that an IED exploded, as a Turkish military column was passing near Qumaysan checkpoint in the east of Idlib city. The explosion caused material damage only.

 

 It is worth noting that Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion showed up about a year ago, with its first attack on the Turkish forces at the end of August 2020.

 

Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion had adopted several attacks on Turkish forces in Idlib city, as on May 11, the battalion claimed responsibility of an IED attack carried out a day earlier, which targeted a column of NATO Turkish army on the road between Kafr Lusin and Bab al-Hawa crossing in northern Idlib, leaving casualties among the Turkish forces and damaged a Turkish vehicle.

 

Also, on April 27, the Jihadist group claimed responsibility of an IED attack on a Turkish column on the road between Idlib and Ariha near al-Mastoma village, which damaged a Turkish vehicle and left several soldiers injured.

 

The first show up of Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Battalion was in September 2020, after they had issued a statement claiming responsibility of an attack with a bobby-trapped car, which targeted the Turkish military base in Sallet al-Zohour village in the western countryside of Idlib in late August 2020. The battalion claimed that a person called Abu Sulaiman al-Ansari attacked the Turkish military post in Sallet al-Zohour school with a car-bomb, adding that dozens of Turkish soldiers were killed and wounded in that attack.

 

In its first statement, the battalion announced that it was an independent group, and that it did not belong to any organizations, groups or factions,  inside or outside Syria.

 

It is worth noting that the show up of the Ansar Abu Bakr al-Siddiq came after the appearance of a similar group called “Khattab al-Shishani Battalions”, which claimed responsibility of three attacks, in late 2020, on Turkish-Russian joint patrols on the M4 highway in Idlib. The first attack was carried out with a bobby-trapped car in July 2020.

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