Two jihadist leaders were killed by US drone air strike over Idlib

DAMASCUS, (BM) – Two commanders from the Hurras Al-Deen group were killed on Sunday, when a drone struck their positions in the Idlib Governorate, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AMN.

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According to the preliminary reports, the two leaders, Bilal Al-Sanani [Yemeni national] and Qassam Al-Urdoni [Jordanian national], were killed by a U.S. Coalition drone in the Idlib city.

The drone strike targeted the vehicle carrying both men and their associate, Mohammad Al-Ahmad, who was seriously wounded as a result of the U.S. Coalition attack.

The attack appears to have been carried out by a U.S. ninja drone, as the unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] was reportedly spotted over the Idlib Governorate before attacking the car with the jihadists inside.

The Hurras Al-Deen group, which is linked to Al-Qaeda, has long operated in northwestern Syria, as they maintain control over some parts of the Idlib, Hama, and Latakia governorates.

Most recently, they carried out a powerful attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops at the Tanjara axis in the Al-Ghaab Plain region of Hama.

Sunday’s attack by the U.S. Coalition marks the first time since October 2019, when the U.S. killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, that they have carried out a drone strike in Idlib.

Background

In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.

In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.

The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.

Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.

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