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Commander with Syria's al Qaida affiliate 'killed in air strike'

Published 09/09/2016

Abu Omar Saraqib was the commander of the alliance leading the fight in Aleppo (AP)
Abu Omar Saraqib was the commander of the alliance leading the fight in Aleppo (AP)

Syria's rebranded al Qaida affiliate says a senior commander who led military operations in the ravaged city of Aleppo has been killed in an air strike.

A Twitter account for Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, formerly known as Jabhat al-Nusra, said the commander of the alliance leading the fight in Aleppo was killed in an air strike in the province's rural areas.

It does not say who carried out the air strike against the commander, who goes by the name Abu Omar Saraqib, or when it happened.

The US-led coalition, Russia and Syrian government planes have been conducting air strikes against militant groups.

Jabhat al-Nusra recently changed its name, saying it was delinking with al Qaida central command, but the move was seen as a way to avoid being targeted.

Moscow and Washington have been discussing co-ordinating targeting militants in Syria.

AP

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