The Islamic Front, a group of seven Islamist militias, and The Syrian Militant Front, representing 14 units affiliated with al-Hr militia, agreed to conclude a reconciliation and bury their differences after the Islamic Front seized al-Hr’s warehouses and headquarters on the Turkish-Syrian border earlier this month.
The outlets said that Jamal Maarouf, of the Syrian Militant Front, and Hasan Abboud, representing the Islamic Front, concluded the four-point agreement, which says the two groups are “brothers on the path of jihad”.
The two sides reportedly conducted a series of seven meetings, with the last one taking place Monday, to iron out the agreement. Abboud had earlier accused Maarouf’s men of arresting an unspecified number of fighters from his Ahrar al-Sham Movement, one of the seven groups making up the Islamic Front. The fighters were eventually released, before Monday’s agreement was endorsed.
The arrests came after Islamic Front fighters seized depots and offices belonging to al-Hr militia in the Bab al-Hawa border crossing area earlier this month. The move prompted the U.S and the U.K to announce that they were suspending shipments of non-lethal aid to the rebels. The FSA leadership in Turkey and the Islamic Front had denied that the Bab al-Hawa incidents were a case of infighting, claiming that al-Hr militia had asked for help from the Islamic Front when threatened by an attack by hard-line jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.