Friday, March 6, 2015

Syria's al-Nusra Front commander 'killed in strike'

A screen grab of Abu Homam al-Shami taken from an al-Nusra Front video made in March 2014  Al-Shami was pictured in a Nusra Front video in March last year
 The military chief of Syria's al-Nusra Front has been killed in an air strike, according to social media accounts linked to the jihadist group.
The online sources claim three other leaders died along with Abu Homam al-Shami.
Syria's state-run news agency reported his death was the result of a "special army operation" targeting Nusra leaders as they met in northern Idlib province.
Al-Nusra is one of the most powerful groups fighting the army.
It has long been seen as an affiliate of al-Qaeda and was involved in a major attack on the Air Force Intelligence headquarters in the embattled city of Aleppo on Wednesday.
The US lists al-Nusra as a terrorist group and it is under UN Security Council sanctions. However recent reports suggest it may be seeking to break its ties with al-Qaeda.

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