A Syrian group linked to al-Qaeda killed 21 regime and allied forces on Sunday near Idlib province, in one of the deadliest breaches of a six-month-old truce deal, a monitor said.
“At dawn, 21 fighters from the regime forces or allied militia were killed in an attack by Ansar Al Tawhid militants,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
“Five militants were also killed,” Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the Britain-based monitoring group, said.
Ansar Al Tawhid has ties to the larger Hurras Al Deen group, which is also active in the area. Both are considered semi-official franchises of al-Qaeda in Syria.