Commander of Al-Qaeda splinter group killed in US airstrike in Syria’s Idlib

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Abu Omar al-Turkistani. File photo

ARA News

Idlib – A US-led coalition airstrike on Sunday killed several members of the Al-Qaeda splinter group of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham in Syria’s northwestern Idlib Governorate, including a senior jihadist.

Abu Omar al-Turkistani, a military commander in Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, was reported dead along with three other militants.

“The US-led coalition hit al-Turkistani’s convoy in the vicinity of Sarmada town in Idlib Governorate, near the Turkish border. The jihadist leader and three of his guards were killed in the air raid,” local media activist Saeed al-Hamwi told ARA News.

Also, a member of the Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, who spoke to ARA News on condition of anonymity, confirmed the death of Abu Omar al-Turkistani in the airstrike on Sunday evening.

Jahbat Fateh al-Sham was previously known as Jabhat al-Nusra or al-Nusra Front. In July 2016, the extremist group announced that it had split from al-Qaeda and was rebranding. However, the US State Department said that group’s militants remained a fair target for US warplanes in Syria despite Nusra’s decision to cut ties with al-Qaeda and change its name to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham.

On November 12, he United States amended the designation of Jabhat al-Nusra as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, listing Jabhat Fateh al-Sham (JFS) as a terrorist alias. Security analysts told ARA News that the United States has expanded its anti-JFS campaign ever since.

Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram and Sadredin Kino | Source: ARA News

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