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Senior al-Qaida commander killed in an airstrike in Syria


Syria Crisis

Beirut: Activists say a top commander in al-Qaida’s Syrian affiliate has been killed in an airstrike. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh, a Saudi better known as Sanafi al-Nasr, was killed Thursday in an airstrike near the northern Syrian town of Dana.

The Observatory’s chief Rami Abdurrahman said today it was not clear if al-Charekh was killed by US or Russian warplanes. Jihadi activists on social media say he was killed by a US drone strike.

Al-Charekh, the alleged leader of al-Qaida’s operations in Syria, was one of six men that the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on last year. His death came three months after the US killed top al-Qaida official Muhsin al-Fadhli. Al Qaida’s Syrian affiliate is led by Abu Muhammed al-Golani.