Anas Diab, a photographer for the White Helmets organization, was killed in a pinpoint airstrike by the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) on July 21.
According to several pro-opposition sources, Diab was visiting his hometown, Khan Shaykhun, in southern Idlib when a precision Syrian airstrike leveled his house. No one other was reportedly killed or injured in the airstrike.
Syrian Military Capabilities, a pro-government Facebook page that’s known for its sources in the Syrian intelligence, claimed that Diab was assassinated due to his role in the alleged 2017 Khan Shaykhun chemical attack.
“He had a big rule in mobilizing the staged Khan Shaykhun CW attack,” a Twitter account affiliated with the Syrian Military Capabilities claimed.
The U.S. had accused Damascus of carrying out the alleged chemical attack and targeted Shayrat airbase with more than 50 cruise missiles as a response. The missile strike killed several Syrian service member and civilians, including children.
It remains unclear if Diab was indeed involved in any fabrications related to the alleged chemical attack. Nonetheless, this became one of the rare times when pro-government sources acknowledged the deliberate killing of an opposition media activist.