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

Marsha Scott
October 5, 2017

The leader of terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra, tied to al Qaida, has been seriously injured in a Russian air raid on Syria, according to Russian defense ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

Russian Federation said in July that it might have killed the leader of the rival jihadist group Islamic State (IS), Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The head of a Syrian rebel group formerly affiliated to al-Qaeda, Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, has been maimed in a Russian airstrike in Syria, Moscow said on Wednesday.

Al-Julani received multiple heavy fragmentation wounds and lost a hand, leaving him in critical condition, according to several independent sources.

Since 2017, it dominates a coalition of jihadist factions called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

The alliance controls most of the northwestern province of Idlib after expelling Islamist former allies earlier this year. Russian Federation has claimed to have killed several top jihadist commanders recently.

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

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

A few days ago, IS released an audio recording of what it said was its leader, al-Baghdadi.

Konashenkov added that the strike was part of a long-term operation targeted at those responsible for the encirclement of 29 Russian military police officers outside Idlib on September 18.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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