The US military announced, on Friday, that the prominent leader of Al-Qaeda, who was killed in an air strike in the Idlib region in northwestern Syria, a few days ago, is Salim Abu Ahmed.
A drone strike on September 20 targeted a car on the road leading from Idlib to Binnish in the northeast of the governorate center, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reported at the time that leaders of a faction close to al-Qaeda had been killed.
The US military confirmed at the time that it had killed an al-Qaeda leader, without revealing his identity.
No civilian casualties
In turn, a spokesman for the US Central Command, John Rigsby, revealed in a statement Friday that Salim Abu Ahmed was responsible for planning, financing, and approving Al-Qaeda’s attacks across the region.
The statement added that there were no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike.
Half the area of Idlib
It is noteworthy that Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly al-Nusra) controls half of Idlib and its surroundings, while that area is home to 3 million people, about half of whom are displaced.
These factions are subjected to frequent air strikes launched by the Syrian regime with the support of the Russians, as well as the international coalition led by the United States.
As for the political developments in that region, Russia and Turkey agreed, after the summit that gathered in the Russian resort of Sochi on the Black Sea, Russian President Vladimir Putin with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, last Wednesday, the Kremlin confirmed that the two parties stressed their commitments to the agreements concluded on the necessity of evacuating Idlib from terrorists.
The Kremlin also revealed that the two presidents agreed on the importance of implementing their agreements regarding the evacuation of Idlib province from the remaining terrorist elements there, which would pose a danger.
It is worth noting that while Erdogan aims, through the meeting with Putin, to work to return to a ceasefire agreed upon last year and to end the attack of Russia and the regime forces on the Turkish-backed fighters in Idlib, Moscow is pressing to expel the extremists from the province, and is also pushing for the removal of all Foreign forces from the country, and dialogue with the Syrian regime, albeit indirectly.