Russian Air Force destroyed 12 field commanders of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organisation in Syria (the terrorist group is banned in Russia).
The leader of Al-Nusra has been critically injured in an airstrike carried out by the Russian Air Force, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, adding that at least 12 Al-Nusra field commanders had been killed in the same attack.
Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday that the Russian military intelligence obtained information saying that the leadership of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group was gathering for a meeting on October 3, and the command of the group of the Russian Air Force in Syria made a decision to strike them.
The al-Nusra Front changed its name and merged with other Syrian terrorist groups to create the Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) terrorist group in early 2017. Past year the group severed ties with al-Qaida and rebranded to form Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance. Ahmad al-Ghizai, al-Julani's close aid and head of security, was also killed, along with about 50 militants from the commanders' security detail, Konashenkov said.
Russian Federation joined forces with Iran and local militia to fight against terrorist groups in Syria.
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