Airstrike kills al-Nusra Leader

Edited by Nelly T.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed reports of the death of Abu Firas, as known as “the Syrian”, on Sunday during an air raid in the rebel occupied province of Idlib.

The monitoring group said that the Russian or Syrian air raid on a village north-west of the city has resulted in the demise of 20 other militants, including foreign jihadists and rebels.

“The Syrian” was well-recognized individual who had many followers in the hardline group for the commentaries he gave, released by al-Nusra Front on complex issues ranging from governance to religious jurisprudence.

Abu Firas worked with Osama bin Laden and was a high-ranking member of its policy making Shura Council as well as a founding member of the militant group who fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s as said by an Islamist source.

Another source said that Abu Firas originally came from Madaya, near Damascus, an army defector.

The monitor said, “The militant who supported the imposition of Islamic sharia across Syria was killed alongside his son and Uzbekistan fighters in a strike that also targeted the militant Jund al-Aqasa group in the village of Karf Jales in mainly non-government-controlled Idlib province.”

The fragile “cessation of hostilities” truce excludes Islamic State and al-Nusra Front and allows the air and land attacks by Syrian and allied forces. The attacks are directed towards the areas in Syria, which the government says the groups are present.

The truce has held in Syria for over a month while various parties attempt to negotiate an end to the five-year civil war that has plagued Syria.