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Key Terrorist Leader Reportedly Killed by Russian Airstrike in Syria

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Chechen-born Abu Bakr al-Shishani, leader of the Ahrar ash-Sham terrorist group, was reportedly killed in a Russian airstrike.

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. 

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"A group of militants, including the leader of Jaish al-Sham terrorist group, Chechen native Abu Bakr al-Shishani, was eliminated on October 14 as a result of a Russian airstrike in the Homs province," the source said.

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.

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