The Syrian army killed the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) terrorist group, Egypt-born Abu Suleiman al-Masri in Aleppo, a source confirmed to Sputnik Saturday.
Opposition figures told The Independent that three senior members of Jabhat al-Nusra had been killed, but could not confirm if any of them were the jihadist group’s leader Abu Suleiman al-Masri.
Russian state media reported that al-Masri, leader of Jabhat al-Nusra or the al-Nusra Front, was killed by the Syrian army. However, a report on the Daily Mail said that he had been killed in a gun fight with rebels from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
According to the source, the terrorist was killed during a fight near the Tal-al-Karsani village outside Aleppo. The Nusra Front is an Islamist armed group fighting the Syrian government. Damascus also combats the Islamic State militants and a number of opposition forces.
This week the Russian Defense Ministry said Islamiс State was in talks with other terrorist groups operating in Syria about joining forces against the Syrian Army.
“Intercepted radio communications suggest that commanders of several large units of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group have begun talks with leaders of the Islamic State terrorist organization about joining forces to contain the Syrian Army offensive,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.
Russia is a key ally of the Syrian regime, backing President Assad’s forces with air strikes against rebel groups in the country.
Pictures posted online showed what appeared to be the body of a bearded man wearing glasses with a bloody head injury.
The al-Nusra Front is part of the Jaysh al-Fatah group, which translates as the Army of Conquest, who are fighting the Syrian regime as well as Kurds and secular rebels.
Jaysh al-Fatah does not include Isis, who are separate and compete with al-Nusra for control over Syrian territory.
It is believed Isis controls almost half of Syria.
Two members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRG) were killed fighting against Isis in Syria today. Iran is a main ally of the Syrian government.