Free Syrian Army Faction Wiped Out by Jihadist Group in Syria

The subgroup has been crushed by Fateh al-Sham, previously an Al-Qaida affiliate, amid major attack in country's northwest, two FSA officials say

A Free Syrian Army fighter carries a fellow fighter injured during an offensive against ISIS fighters, near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab, January 12, 2017.
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The jihadist group Fateh al-Sham has taken over areas held by a Free Syrian Army rebel faction in northwestern Syria, effectively crushing it, two FSA officials said on Wednesday.

Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as the Nusra Front, launched a major attack on FSA groups in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, including the Jaish al-Mujahideen group which the FSA officials said had been wiped out.

Fateh al-Sham was Al-Qaida's official affiliate in the Syrian war until it officially broke the ties with it last year. The factions it attacked on Tuesday had representatives at a Russian-backed peace conference in Kazakhstan.