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U.S.-led Coalition Denies Responsibility For Drone Strike On Northern Idlib

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The U.S.-led coalition has denied responsibility for the December 3 drone strike on the northern countryside of Syria’s Idlib.

A spokesman for the coalition, Col. Myles B. Caggins, told Enab Baladi on December 6 that the coalition didn’t carry out the strike, which killed prominent terrorist Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir and a man who was escorting him.

“The International Coalition didn’t carry out any airstrikes on northwest Syria,” the spokesman said responding to a question by the pro-opposition news outlet.

Several experts had concluded that the U.S.-made AGM-114R9X Hellfire missile, which is armed with a kinetic warhead with pop-out blades, was used in the strike on al-Muhajir’s van. Photos showing an aerated blade in the strike scene backed this conclusion.

Initial reports claimed that al-Muhajir, an Algerian national, was a commander in the ranks of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS). Oddly enough, the terrorist group denied this.

An official in HTS told Enab Baladi that al-Muhajir was not a commander in the group’s ranks, despite the fact that he was training its elite special forces, known as the “Red Bands.” According to the official, al-Muhajir was also working as a trainer for other groups.

U.S.-led Coalition Denies Responsibility For Drone Strike On Northern Idlib

The security ID of al-Muhajir issued by HTS, confirming that he was working for the terrorist group.

The last confirmed U.S. attack on HTS took place on February 26 of 2017, when a drone of the coalition assassinated Abu Khayr al-Masri, a prominent leader of the terrorist group, using an AGM-114R9X missile.

The assassination of al-Muhajir may have been carried out by another side, like the CIA or even Russia, which may have developed its own equivalent of the AGM-114R9X.

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FlorianGeyer

Let us just rejoice that this pro-US proxy is dead.

Karen Bartlett

If he’s dead.

Prince Teutonic

It would be funny is SAF claimed credit for this strike again…

Karen Bartlett

Did this assassination even happen? We only have the word of “pro-opposition sources” that it did.

Tommy Jensen

We deny it. We deny any drone strikes on anyone. We didn’t do it.
They did it! They did the killing in the killing fields, we notski. Al-badidi-bab could also have made suicide without our knowledge.

Vitex

Perhaps he was considering a reconciliation with the SAA

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