The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, and its allies have declared victory over the Syrian regime in the city of Jisr Al Shughur. The city was considered one of the regime’s last remaining strongholds in the northwestern province of Idlib.

Late last month, the jihadists launched a major offensive in the province, sweeping Assad’s forces out of the provincial capital. The battle for Jisr Al Shughur was the next major step in the jihadists’ plan to consolidate their control over the area.

Al Nusrah declared “victory” on one of its official Twitter feeds, adding that the city has been “liberated.” Some of the photos posted on the Twitter page show al Qaeda’s fighters in control of the city’s center, the regime’s checkpoints, and a regime-built hospital. […]