SOHR: Two leaders of a faction close to al-Qaeda were killed in a drone strike in northwest Syria
Two leaders “of a faction close to al-Qaeda” were killed Monday in a drone strike in Idlib province in northwestern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The observatory said that the strike was launched by the “international coalition” led by Washington, while the coalition denied, in a statement to AFP, that any strike was carried out on Monday in Idlib province.
The strikes targeted a car on the road leading from Idlib to Binnish, in the northeast of the Idlib governorate center.
The director of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, confirmed that one of the two leaders who were killed in the raid was “of Tunisian nationality,” while the second was from Yemen or Saudi Arabia. However, he was unable to determine which jihadist faction they belonged to.
Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra) and less influential opposition factions control half of Idlib and its surroundings. The area is home to three million people, nearly half of whom are internally displaced.
These factions are subjected to frequent air strikes by the Syrian regime and its ally Russia, as well as the international coalition led by the United States.
In October 2019, nine jihadists were killed, including six fighters belonging to the Guardians of Religion Organization, the arm of Al-Qaeda in Syria.
A month ago, 40 jihadists were killed in US strikes near the city of Idlib.
The war in Syria has killed more than 388,000 people, displaced millions, displaced more than half of the population inside and outside the country, destroyed infrastructure, drained the economy and exhausted various sectors.
Source: Middle East.in-24