A prominent terrorist leader was reportedly killed by a Russian airstrike in Syria's Homs province, a Syrian military source told Sputnik Thursday. Initial reports suggest it could be Chechen-born militant Abu Bakr al-Shishani.
BRKNG Amir of the Ahrar al Sham group Abu Bakr Al-Shishani a native of Chechnya eliminated after the air strike of Airspace f RF #Syria— Evgeny Poddubnyy (@epoddubny) 15 октября 2015
Earlier today SANA, Syria’s national news agency, reported that the Syrian army had destroyed another leader of Ahrar ash-Sham, sheikh Omar Mustafa al-Khodr and his top aide Khaled Abu Anas.
Ahrar ash-Sham is the second largest terrorist group within the Jaish al-Fatah movement after the al-Nusra Front. In the spring of 2015, it was one of the militant groups which took over Ariha, Idlib, and Jisr al-Shughur in Syria's northwest, carrying out mass executions of locals.
Since September 30, Russia has been undertaking airstrikes on the Islamic State positions in Syria following a request by the country's internationally recognized government.