Russia Strike in Syria Kills Nusra Commanders, Critically Injures Al-Joulani

05 October, 2017, 00:10 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Russia's Aerospace Forces eliminate 12 Jabhat al-Nusra commanders in Syria

The Russian Defense Ministry said Abu Mohammad al-Julani, the leader of Tahrir al-Sham and formerly the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, was critically injured in an air strike in Syria.

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.

Russian Federation says it has critically injured Abu Mohammad al-Julani, one of the leaders of Tahrir al-Sham, in an air strike in Syria.

"He lost an arm and is in critical condition, according to independent sources".

Since 2017, Fateh al-Sham has dominated HTS, which is a coalition of rebel groups in northern Syria.

There was no immediate comment from the militant group.

The pair were held by the Islamic jihadists around the eastern city of Deir Ezzor, the last ISIS stronghold in the country.

'During counter attack of ISIS in the area of Cholya settlement I was taken prisoner of war.

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On Wednesday, Ministry of Defense spokesman Maj.

Nusra's position has weakened considerably in the past few weeks, with a failed offensive against Syrian forces in Hama leading to a decisive rout, with Russian Federation claiming 850 Nusra were killed in just 24 hours.

Washington and the United Nations did not recognize the group's break from al-Qaeda and kept it on terror blacklists.

Earlier this month the IS group released an audio recording of what it said was its leader al-Baghdadi.

The Observatory, however, reported that a military air base in the Idlib province, controlled by the Levant Liberation Committee, had been targeted with at least 23 airstrikes on Tuesday.

Russian Federation carried out the airstrikes on Tuesday at an undisclosed location in Syria after receiving intelligence about an upcoming high-level meeting of the group's leaders, the ministry said.

Russian Federation intervened in support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in September 2015 and has helped government forces win back large parts of the country.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

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