Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate and its Islamist allies launched an attack Wednesday on the last two Shiite Muslim villages under regime control in northwest Idlib province, militants and a monitor said.

The “Army of Conquest” rebel coalition, which includes Al-Qaeda branch Al-Nusra Front, announced online its assault on the villages of Fuaa and Kafraya.

“We decided to begin the ‘Battle of Kafraya and Fuaa’ against the forces of (Bashar al-) Assad and Iranian militias”, a statement read. […]