Former al-Nusra Front Leader Critically Injured in Russian Airstrike in Syria

Turkey Tries to Isolate al-Qaeda Forces in Syria's Idlib Province

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.

The strike also killed around 50 Nusra Front militants including 12 field commanders and wounded more than a dozen terrorists, Konashenkov said.

He remains in critical condition, said Konashenkov, quoting unnamed independent sources.

The Moscow-led forces were able to hunt down the jihadist group using data obtained by Russian military intelligence on Tuesday and struck just when the fighters convened for a meeting.

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

Two suspected mercenaries from a "private army" used by Vladimir Putin in Syria have been captured by ISIS, according to video claims.


On Wednesday, Ministry of Defense spokesman Maj.

Jabhat al-Nusra, or Al-Nusra Front, was the name of a militant group that was described as Al-Qaeda's branch in Syria.

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.

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.

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

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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