ALEPPO – A prominent commander of al-Qaeda Syria’s affiliate al-Nusra Front and former lieutenant of the late Al-Qaeda chief, Osama bin Laden, was killed Friday during clashes with pro-Assad army forces in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, Nusra sources reported on Saturday.
Abul Hassan al-Tunsi, who was leading Nusra operations in the vicinity of the Shiite villages of Kafraya and Fouaa in Idlib countryside, was killed on Friday.
Speaking to ARA News in Idlib, a spokesman for al-Nusra Front confirmed al-Tunsi’s death along with other militants from the Islamist group in clashes with regime forces.
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, al-Tunisi has joined the ranks of al-Nusra Front in Syria since 2012.
“He was one of bin Laden’s assistants and fought in Al-Qaeda’s ranks in Afghanistan and Iraq,” the observatory said.
Nusra militants, backed by other Syrian Islamist groups, has been striving for months to take over the Shiite villages of Kafraya and Fouaa, as they form major strongholds for pro-Assad forces in Idlib province.
Reporting by: Taim Khalil
Source: ARA News
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