Syria Ex-Qaeda Affiliate Member Killed By Drone: Monitor

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Syria ex-Qaeda affiliate member killed by drone: monitor

BEIRUT, Jan 6 (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 06th Jan, 2017 ) : A senior member of former Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front was killed by a drone in northern Syria Friday, a monitor said, in the latest strike against the group's leadership.

"A leading member of the Fateh al-Sham Front, Abu Al-Hassan Taftanaz, died in a drone attack" in the northwestern province of Idlib, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

An Islamic legal scholar belonging to the group, Taftanaz's son, also died in the raid, it said.

It did not identify the drone that carried out the strike, but the Pentagon on Thursday said it had killed about 20 militants this week in air strikes in Idlib province. The Observatory said Friday at least 35 members of the group had been killed since Sunday, including fighters and commanders, in international coalition air raids and drone strikes.