Air strike kills senior al-Qaeda commander in Syria

Published October 18th, 2015 - 04:55 GMT

A senior al-Qaeda commander has been killed along with two other al-Qaeda militants in an airstrike in Syria, says a UK-based monitoring group.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Saturday, Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh, a Saudi national also known as Sanafi al-Nasr, was killed in a strike along with two other members of the Qaeda affiliate group al-Nusra in the northern Syrian town of Dana on Thursday.

It is still not clear if Charekh was killed in a US or Russia strike, said Observatory chief Rami Abdul Rahman, but according to militant social media users, he was killed in a US drone strike.

Al-Qaeda militants released pictures of a car along with several corpses claiming that they were those of Charekh, who was allegedly a senior strategist and an important power broker for al-Qaeda, and the other militants.

Meanwhile, Russian warplanes carried out 36 sorties on a total of 49 targets in the provinces of Hama, Idlib, Latakia, Damascus and Aleppo.  

Based on a statement released by the ministry, a militant training camp, an explosives workshop, various command points, weapons workshops, firing positions, depots, and fortified bunkers were destroyed in the attacks.

Russia started its air campaign against Daesh and others in Syria on September 30 based on a request by the Syrian government. 

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