Russia Accuses US Of Helping Islamic State In Syria

Elias Hubbard
October 6, 2017

Mr Konashenkov's comments repeated Russia's claim on Wednesday to have seriously injured Hayat Tahrir Al Sham's leader, Abu Mohamed Al Jolani, saying he was "in a coma" and that this had "thrown the terrorists of the whole Idlib province into disarray".

"The Russian Aerospace Force has destroyed the largest underground arsenal of Jabhat al-Nusra near the community of Abu al-Duhur where terrorists stored more than 1,000 tonnes of ammunition for tube and missile artillery", Russian Defense Ministry Spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Thursday in a briefing to Russian media as reported by Tass.

In 2016, it shed its status as Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and changed its name to the Fateh al-Sham Front.

The group controls most of the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Levant Liberation Committee says its leader, Abu Mohammed al-Golani, is in excellent health and is carrying on with his tasks normally.

He said around 50 of Golani's bodyguards and 12 Nusra Front field commanders had been killed in the same air strike, including a close aide to Golani and the head of the militant group's security service.

The Russian Defence ministry has however denied the capture of Russian soldiers on the territory of syria.

The Moscow-led forces were able to hunt down the group using data obtained by Russian military intelligence on Tuesday and struck just when the militants convened for a meeting.

Over the past months Russian Federation has claimed to have killed several top jihadist commanders.

Washington and the United Nations did not recognize the group's break from al-Qaeda and kept it on terror blacklists.

Critics of Moscow believe that the main task of Russian Federation was to support the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, not fight the jihadists.

The leader of the terrorist group is in critical condition.

Daesh released a video on Tuesday that showed two Russian soldiers captured by its militants in the Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, where Russia has been backing the Syrian regime military against militants.

In the past weeks, Russian Federation has lost a number of officers in the conflict including a general, Valery Asapov, believed to be the country s highest-ranking casualty of the Syrian campaign.

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