US drone attack | Two high-profile al-Qaeda-linked leaders of “Huras al-Din” killed west of Idlib
Reliable sources have informed the Syrian Observatory that an Egyptian commander named “Abu Zar al-Masri”, a Moroccan named “Abu Yusuf al-Maghribi”, and a child who was with them, were all killed in an American drone strike which targeted their vehicle on the western outskirts of Idlib city yesterday.
According to Syrian Observatory sources, “Abu Zar al-Masri” previously served as an “Islamic preacher” and a member of “Majlis al-Shura” (Consultative Council) in the “Huras al-Din” organization, and supervised a sharia institute for small age groups within the organization before joining “al-Shura Council”.While Abu “Yusuf al-Maghribi” served as the general security officer of “Huras al-Din”.
The two commanders were former al-Qaeda members, before joining the ranks of “Huras al-Din”, and they did not get on well with the leader of HTS, according to Observatory sources.
Yesterday, SOHR sources said that two Arab jihadists and a child were killed in the evening, after their car, “Santa Fe”, was targeted by a drone, believed to be affiliated to the International Coalition, on the road to Arab Said, west of Idlib city. The fatalities’ bodies were completely charred.
Hours earlier, SOHR activists said that a drone, thought to be of International Coalition, targeted a “Santa Fe” vehicle, west of Idlib city. The vehicle was believed to belong to a jihadist, but no further details were reported.
On December 14, reliable sources informed SOHR that a Tunisian commander of “Huras al-Din” organization was killed, after a drone belonging to the International Coalition targeted his car in Al-Qusoor neighbourhood of Idlib city, using “Ninja” missiles, frequently used by the International Coalition forces in such drone attacks.