A suspected U.S. drone strike has claimed the life of Abu Yahya al-Uzbeki, an infamous jihadist, in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.
A drone targeted al-Uzbeki’s SUV, a silver Hyundai Santa Fe, south of the town of Sarmada in northern Idlib on August 13 noon. Al-Uzbeki was killed on the spot. Other individuals were reportedly injured.
Photos from the strike scene indicate that a U.S.-made AGM-114R9X Hellfire missile was used. The missile is a Hellfire copy with a kinetic warhead consisting of pop-out blades meant to reduce collateral damage. The missile is famous as the “Ninja Bomb.”
أبو يحيى الأوزبكي ماذا ستقول لربك الآن عن دماء المجاهدين التي استبحتها طاعةً لأميرك الجولاني الذي دل التحالف عليك ليبقى في إمارته
الكل يضربه التحالف إلا الجولاني
كيف يضرب الجندي الصغير ويترك القائد المطلوب !!!! pic.twitter.com/EkasYmf0CE
— الحُسَيْن (@Al7osayn1) August 13, 2020
According to jihadist sources, Abu Yahya al-Uzbeki, a Uzbek citizen, worked as an independent military trainer for several factions in Greater Idlib, including al-Qaeda-affiliated Horas al-Din.
Al-Uzbeki used to cooperate with Abu Ahmad al-Muhajir, “al-Jazaery,” who was killed in a U.S. drone strike on the town of Atmeh in northern Idlib in December 2019. Al-Jazaery was also targeted with an AGM-114R9X missile.
U.S. drone strikes killed a number of prominent jihadists in Greater Idlib and Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo in over the past few months. In recent years, these regions have become a safe haven for terrorist groups.