Russian Federation says its airstrikes wounded al-Qaida leader in Syria

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"Along with numerous (about 50 people) security guards, 12 field commanders of Jabhat al-Nusra, including the closest aide of Jouliani, were also killed", he added.

Gen. Igor Konashenkov confirmed that the airstrike had killed 12 Nusra Front commanders, and severely wounded Abu Mohammad al-Julani, commander-in-chief of the Syrian militant group Tahrir al-Sham and former self-proclaimed emir of the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, in Idlib province.

The defence ministry cited its sources as confirming that Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani lost limbs in the attack in the north province of Idlib on Tuesday. However, the Russian Defense Ministry continues to refer to the group using its original name.

Since 2017, it dominates a coalition of jihadist factions called Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

There was no immediate comment from the militant group.

'During counter attack of ISIS in the area of Cholya settlement I was taken prisoner of war.

Nusra's position has weakened considerably in the past few weeks, with a failed offensive against Syrian forces in Hama leading to a decisive rout, with Russian Federation claiming 850 Nusra were killed in just 24 hours. But there was no confirmation from IS and a new audio message purportedly from Baghdadi was released last week.

Since the assault on Russian military police, Idlib has been the target of heavy air strikes by the Syrian regime and Russia.

On October 3, Russian intelligence "uncovered the time and place of the Al-Nusra leadership meeting" led by Juliani, the statement said.

Russian Federation intervened in support of the regime of Bashar al-Assad in September 2015 and has helped government forces win back large parts of the country.

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