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On Oct. 10, 2017, Al-Jabha al-Shamiya (the Levantine Front) handed over the Bab al-Salama checkpoint along the Turkish-Syrian border, to the Syrian interim government along with all its staff and financial resources.Al-Jabha al-Shamiya and the Sultan Murad Brigade shared revenue generated from the checkpoint.Several factions in the northern countryside responded, including Al-Jabha al-Shamiya and the Sultan Murad Brigade.The Sultan Murad Brigade commander Ahmad al-Uthman told Enab Baladi that armed factions in the northern Aleppo countryside are working to establish a unified army commanded by the chiefs of staff. A unified army would be able to run all the checkpoints through a single administration. A large proportion of the Sultan Murad Brigade revenues is drawn from that checkpoint and threatens their financial interests especially after the failed attempt by the Sultan Murad Brigade to seize and control the Al-Rai checkpoint.The Hamza Brigade, part of the Sultan Murad Brigade bloc, also took part in the attack on positions held by Al-Jabha al-Shamiya.
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