“The first of them launched himself like an arrow after the criminal Major-General ‘Hassan Daabul’ and tore him apart so he can continue his punishment in the fire of Jahannam [Hell].” Muhaysini continued: “The second one launched himself at the Dean ‘Ibrahim Darwish’ so he can follow his crony.” And then the “rest of the inghimasis…separated at the offices of the branch to kill those who remained from the mercenaries of Assad.” Regime forces “hurried to treat” the “dozens” who were wounded, “but the mines” in their “path…finished off those who remained.” Operations room in northern countryside of Homs Much of the city of Homs, which has been devastated by the Syrian war, is controlled by the Assad regime.

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According to HTS, more than 40 people were killed and 50 more wounded in the assault.

Independent press reports are generally consistent with HTS’ claims, as they indicate there were dozens of casualties.

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (HTS), a newly formed group that includes al Qaeda’s Syrian branch, quickly claimed responsibility for the operation.

HTS reported on its Telegram channel that “five inghimasi fighters” were responsible for the raid.

This is exactly what happened in Homs, as the HTS “inghimasi” engaged in a prolonged gunfight before infiltrating Syrian regime positions and then detonating their explosives.

As has reported in the past, both al Qaeda and the Islamic State use inghimasi fighters in their operations.

14, 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The United Nations has implicated the Assad regime, including Syrian military intelligence officials, in Hariri’s assassination.

A senior military intelligence official who was reportedly close to Syrian president Bashar al Assad was killed during a complex suicide assault in the city of Homs earlier today.

The official, General Hassan Daabul, died after a suicide bomber penetrated security and made his way into Daabul’s office, according to a witness cited by .

The jihadists have continued to fight forces loyal to the Assad regime elsewhere in Homs province.