On October 22, a commander of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din was killed in US drone strike on the outskirts of the town of Suluk in the northern countryside of Syria’s Raqqa.
The commander, Abdul Hamid Al-Matar, was targeted with an AGM-114 Hellfire laser-guided missile, possibly of the RX9 variant which is armed with a kinetic warhead with pop-out blades instead of explosives. The area where the commander was targeted is controlled by the Turkish military and its Syrian proxies.
مقتل شخص بقصف طيران مسير مجهول الهوية استهدفه قرب مفرق عربيد بريف سلوك شمال الرقة pic.twitter.com/QR2UoRZ90P
— Âla hacıoğlu 🌸🇹🇷 (@ala_hacioglu) October 22, 2021
غارة جوية من طيران مسير في محيط بلدة سلوك قتلت “عبد الحميد المطر” وهو أحد مقاتلي تنظيم حراس الدين سابقاً، ويقيم في سلوك بريف الرقة الشمالي.
— Deir Ezzore Now (@DeirEzzorNow) October 22, 2021
Before joining Horas al-Din, al-Matar was a commander in al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the de-facto ruler of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
Horas al-Din is known to be present and active in the northern Raqqa countryside. The terrorist group claimed responsibility for a bombing that targeted a position of the Russian Military Police near the town of Tell al-Samn on January 1. The attack didn’t result in any losses.
The US targeted several wanted terrorists in northeastern Syria with drones despite that the region is split between two of its allies, the Turkish military and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces.
More information on al-Matar terrorist activists and the drone strike that claimed his live could surface in the upcoming few days.