On October 15, a new drone strike hit the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, which is controlled by a number of jihadi groups.
The strike targeted a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV that was passing near the town of Arab Said in Idlib’s western countryside. Two adults and a child, who were aboard the SUV, burned to death as a result of the pinpoint strike. Several people who happened to be near the targeted vehicle were also injured.
Arab Said is known to be a stronghold of al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din, one of the biggest jihadi factions in Greater Idlib. The group’s ranks are filled with al-Qaeda veterans.
Opposition sources claimed the drone strike had claimed the life of “Abu Zur al-Masri,” a high-ranking Egyptian leader of Horas al-Din.
Al-Masri is a hardliner and a foe of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham leader Abu Mohamad al-Julani. Beside commanding military operations, he is a member of Horas al-Din’s Shura Council.
In July of 2019, jihadi sources reported that al-Masri was among several commanders of Horas al-Din who were killed in a U.S.-led coalition strike on Sharia [Islamic] court in the western Aleppo countryside. These reports were apparently false.
The U.S. is known to be behind the recent drone strikes on Greater Idlib which claimed the lives of prominent terrorists. Many of the targets were commanders of Horas al-Din.
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