A Russian airstrike has wiped out a headquarters of so called Malhama Tactical, a group of Jihadi mercenaries, in Greater Idlib, Fadi Hussien, an Islamist armed groups researcher, revealed on July 25.
“The airstrike resulted in no casualties, it caused material losses,” Hussien wrote on Twitter.
Regarded as the “Islamic Blackwater,” Malhama Tactical was founded in 2015 by a Uzbeki jihadist called Abu Rofiq. The group, which operates in Greater Idlib, has very few members that are estimated at no more than ten by some sources.
Malhama Tactical is reportedly involved in the training of several terrorist groups, mainly Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), al-Qaeda’s former branch in Syria. The group’s mercenaries reportedly participate in attacks on the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and Russian forces from time to time.
According to several opposition sources, Malhama Tactical planed the recent attack on the town of al-Hamameyat in northern Hama, which was carried out by HTS and its allies. The attack was a major failure with the terrorist groups losing more than 70 fighters.
The successful airstrike on Malhama Tactical’s headquarters indicates that pro-government forces are now hunting the terrorist group that manged to survive for many years with minimum losses.