DAMASCUS: (Iblagh Desk)- The Russian air force launched airstrikes against Liwa al-Haq terrorist group, affiliated to al-Nusra Front (recently renamed to Fatah al-Sham Front), in Taftnaz town Northeast of Idlib, killing tens of its members, including senior commanders.
The Russian fighter jets targeted a meeting of the terrorist group’s commanders in Taftnaz twice on Thursday, killing one of its leaders namely Hamed al-Zouba al-Malham, nom de guerre Abu Namas al-Jabouri, along with two of his senior assistants.
During the attack, tens of Liwa al-Haq militants were also killed and wounded.
Local sources in Idlib province disclosed on Thursday that the Russian air force launched a drone attack on commanders of as the al-Nusra Front a couple of days ago after receiving tip from the Syrian security forces.
The sources said that the Russian drone attack on a gathering of Fatah al-Sham was done based on secret information that the Syrian intelligence service had gained through its agents that are active in Nusra-held regions in Idlib.
The sources rejected news that the US-led coalition did the drone attack, saying if the coalition had done the attack, Washington would have claimed its responsibility rightaway to prove its forces’ involvement in the war on terrorism.
In relevant developments in the province on Wednesday, al-Nusra Front militants, including several notorious field commanders, were killed in an airstrike in Northwestern Idlib.
“At least 25 Nusra terrorists, including their senior commanders attending a meeting in their command center, were killed in an airstrike by unidentified fighter jets on a main military base of Fatah al-Sham near the town of Sarmada in Northwestern Idlib,” several local and media activists reported.