The Pentagon claimed an air strike against a group of al-Qaeda leaders in northwestern Syria on April 3, Reuters writes.
An official representative of Dzhabhat en-Nusra Abu Firas al-Suri may be among the killed senior militants. As US intelligence reports, he had to attend the meeting. The Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said that the information about his death is now being verified. According to some reports, the airstrike also killed Abu Firas’s son and 20 militants of Dzhabhat en-Nusra.
The real name of Abu Firas al-Suri is Radwan Nammous. He used to be a serviceman of the Syrian army before joining the Islamists. He fought in Afghanistan and Yemen. In 2013-2014, he acted as an intermediary in unsuccessful negotiations between Dzhabhat en-Nusra (branch of Al Qaeda in Syria and Iraq) and Daesh (both organizations are banned in Russia). In August 2014, he became an official representative of Dzhabhat en-Nusra, being responsible for making various statements on behalf of the organization.