Russian air force strike injures Syrian terrorist group leader

Aaron Brown
October 5, 2017

The leader of Al-Nusra has been critically injured in an airstrike carried out by the Russian Air Force, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that at least 12 Al-Nusra field commanders had been killed in the same attack, RT reports.

"As a result of the strike, Jabhat al-Nusra leader Abu Mohammad al-Julani received multiple heavy fragmentation wounds and, having lost his hand, is in critical condition, in addition to the injury of 9 others", according to Konashenkov.

Ahmad al-Ghizai, al-Julani's close aid and head of security, was also killed, along with about 50 militants from the commanders' security detail, Konashenkov said. Al-Julani, though, is said to have been the main target of the operation. However, the Russian Defense Ministry continues to refer to the group using its original name.

The Jabhat al-Nusra, or al-Nusra Front, shed its status as Al-Qaeda´s Syrian affiliate in 2016 and became Fateh al-Sham Front.

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Since 2017, it is a predominant part of a coalition of militant factions called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Russian Federation has claimed to have killed several top jihadist commanders recently.

However, a HTS-linked news outlet reported on Tuesday that Russian air strikes had targeted Abu al-Zuhur airport and later the Abu al-Zuhur court in Idlib.

The Russian defence ministry said three officers were wounded in the September 18 attack and would be decorated, while the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human rights said three Russian soldiers had been killed in clashes with IS jihadists.

Turkey, Russia, and Iran are making major efforts to reduce fighting in and around Idlib, with a deal in the Astana peace talks bringing most of the rebels on board.

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