Published: Thu, October 05, 2017
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Syria: Al-Nusra Front chief seriously injured

Syria: Al-Nusra Front chief seriously injured

Russian Federation says one of its air strikes in Syria has critically injured the leader of an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist alliance and 12 of his field commanders, BBC reported.

Russia's military announced on Wednesday that it has carried out airstrikes in Syria this week that critically wounded the leader of the country's al-Qaida-linked group and killed 12 other militant commanders.

Golani and his men had been bombed by two Russian planes on October 3, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement, saying the militant leader who was the head of the Nusra Front before it merged with other groups to form Tahrir al-Sham, had been badly hurt.

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

The strike came after Russia's military learnt where Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) commanders were due to meet, it added.

The alliance controls most of the northwestern province of Idlib after expelling Islamist former allies earlier this year.

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There was no immediate comment from jihadist sources on the Russian claim.

'Surkanov, Grigory Mikhailovich was captured together with me, born in 1978, in Domodedovo district'.

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.

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

On October 3, Russian intelligence "uncovered the time and place of the Al-Nusra leadership meeting" led by Juliani, the statement said.

Idlib province and some adjacent areas form one of four so-called de-escalation zones agreed in May by rebel backer Turkey and government allies Russian Federation and Iran.

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