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Al-Qaeda Commanders, Smugglers & Tribal Leaders Killed In U.S. Strike On Syria’s Greater Idlib (Photos 18+)

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A new U.S. strike on the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib has killed a number of al-Qaeda commanders, smugglers and tribal leaders.

The strike, which took place late on October 22, targeted a tent near the town of Salqin, on the Syrian-Turkish border, where the said personnel were holding a dinner.

In a statement, the U.S. Central Command, CENTCOM, said the strike will disrupt al-Qaeda’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening U.S. citizens, partners and innocent civilians.

“Al-Qaeda – Syria takes advantage of the instability in northwest Syria to establish and maintain safe havens to coordinate terrorist activities. With our allies and partners, we will continue to target al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations,” the statement reads.

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Al-Qaeda Commanders, Smugglers & Tribal Leaders Killed In U.S. Strike On Syria’s Greater Idlib (Photos 18+)

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Local sources revealed that the high-profile dinner was hosted by a notorious smuggler, Samir al-Hassan Ibrahim “al-Suad.” The smuggler, who is allegedly affiliated with Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), was killed in the U.S. strike along with his two brothers, Amir and Ibrahim.

The strike also claimed the lives of Hammud al-Saharah and Abu Talha al-Hadidi, two prominent military commanders who defected from HTS in 2018. Al-Saharah’s bodyguard, Ali Fateh, was killed with him.

Al-Qaeda Commanders, Smugglers & Tribal Leaders Killed In U.S. Strike On Syria’s Greater Idlib (Photos 18+)

Hammud al-Saharah, also known as “Hammud Aleppo”

Al-Saharah was HTS’ Emir [Commander] of Aleppo, while al-Hadidi was the Emir of al-Badyia [a vast desert region between western Aleppo and Homs]. The two defectors joined their forces in December of 2018 to form the “al-Fatah Brigades,” an al-Qaeda-affilated group.

At least three local tribal leaders were also killed in the U.S. strike. The leaders were identified as Hassan Dihiban, a local Sheikh from the Ghab Plains in Hama, Ahmad Jarah, a Sheikh of the Al Samatiyah tribe in Hama, and Abu Hassan Shash, a Sheikh of Al Akidat and Al Bujamel.

Al-Qaeda Commanders, Smugglers & Tribal Leaders Killed In U.S. Strike On Syria’s Greater Idlib (Photos 18+)

Sheikh Abu Hassan Shash

Salqing’s dinner bombing is the most recent in a series of U.S. strikes on jihadi figures taking shelter in Greater Idlib. The strikes have been ongoing for more than a year now.

The region, which is being ruled by HTS, has become a large safe heaven for terrorists fleeing other parts of Syria and neighboring countries.

Shortly after the strike, the U.S. mission in Turkey has received reports of potential terror attacks and kidnappings against the US citizens and foreign nationals in Turkey, including the US Consulate General in Istanbul.
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