Drone strikes kill two militant commanders close to Al-Qaeda in Idlib
The Arab News reported according to the AFP, a war monitor said that drone strikes Monday killed two militant commanders close to Al-Qaeda in the Idlib region of northwest Syria.
The report said according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the raids were carried out by the US-led international coalition battling militants in Syria and Iraq.
But the coalition told AFP it had not carried out any strikes in Idlib province on Monday.
The observatory said, the strikes targeted a vehicle on the road leading from Idlib city to Binnish further north.
Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP that one of the commanders killed was Tunisian while the other was from Yemen or Saudi Arabia, without identifying the group they belonged to.
The Idlib region is dominated by Syria’s former Al-Qaeda affiliate, but rebels and other militants are also present.
The report noted that militant factions have been the target of Syrian, Russian, US and international coalition strikes in the past. Nine militants were killed in October 2019 in Russian airstrikes on Idlib province, while a US strike a month earlier killed at least 40 militant leaders.
It also mentioned that Syria’s war has killed around half a million people since starting in 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests, spiralling into a complex battlefield involving foreign armies and militants.