Turkey Tries to Isolate al-Qaeda Forces in Syria's Idlib Province

Turkey Tries to Isolate al-Qaeda Forces in Syria's Idlib Province

Turkey Tries to Isolate al-Qaeda Forces in Syria's Idlib Province

He said 12 field commanders including al-Jolani's security chief were also killed along with about 50 guards.

The head of a Syrian rebel group formerly affiliated to al-Qaeda, Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, has been maimed in a Russian airstrike in Syria, Moscow said on Wednesday.

"He lost an arm and is in critical condition, according to independent sources". However, the Russian Defense Ministry continues to refer to the group using its original name.

Two men of European appearance are shown wounded and handcuffed in the video, with the bearded man saying: 'I am Zabolotny, Roman Vasilievich, born in 1979, in Rostov region, Aksaisky district, Passvet village.

Nusra's position has weakened considerably in the past few weeks, with a failed offensive against Syrian forces in Hama leading to a decisive rout, with Russian Federation claiming 850 Nusra were killed in just 24 hours.

Moscow has blamed the al-Qaida-linked group for attacking Russian military police in Syria's western Hama province last month.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement it had targeted Abu Mohamad al-Golani in an intelligence-led special operation while he was meeting his field commanders. In September, Russia claimed to have killed several top IS commanders in an air strike including the US-trained "minister of war" Gulmurod Khalimov.

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