Al-Nusra leader injured in airstrike, 12 commanders killed: Russian Federation

Cheryl Sanders
October 5, 2017

The unidentified strike came near the town of Sukhna in a region where Syria's government and allied fighters are battling the Islamic State jihadist group.

However, the group has remained a target for the worldwide operations taking place in Syria against the terror-labelled groups, mainly the Nusra and the Islamic State (IS). Gen. Igor Konashenkov, said Wednesday that IS launched a series of attacks last week from the area around Tanf near Syria's border with Jordan, where US military advisers are based.

In the 42-second video released on Aamaq news agency, one of the two hostages says he was taken during the ISIS counterattack.

In the video posted to ISIL's Amaq website, a man speaking in Russian identifies himself as Roman Zabolotny from Rostovskaya region and says he was captured during an ISIL offensive in the village along with the man sitting next to him, whom he identifies as Gregory Tsurkanu Domodedovski region.

Russian officials have denied reports that the Kremlin dispatched private security firms to fight alongside Syrian government troops but have acknowledged that there might be Russian nationals fighting on their own initiative in Syria.

Russia's casualties in Syria have been rising.

While largely keeping out of the Syrian civil war, Israel has tried to sway the world powers involved in the conflict and cautioned it could strike militarily to prevent Iran and Hezbollah entrenching further on its northern front.

Gen. Igor Konashenkov, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman, announced the wounding of the militant leader.

Paramilitary Cossack groups have helped keep order at events like the Sochi Olympics and played a key role fighting for pro-Russian separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

According to Russian media reports, Zabolotny is a member of a Cossack organisation called Aksayska yurta.

The surge in bombing raids has forced hospitals in the province to close, medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Friday.

Islamic State said three of its fighters carried out an attack on a Damascus police station on Monday in which 17 people were reportedly killed.

Russian Federation said on Wednesday it had critically injured the leader of the Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Syria after launching an air strike on his position which had also killed 12 of his field commanders.

There was no immediate comment from the militant group. Last week however, the militants drove west from their stronghold south of Deir Ezzor and entered al-Qaryatain 190 miles away and 100 miles behind the nearest regime front lines.

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