Monday, April 4, 2016

Weekly Report 6 - USA and the Arab World

A US airstrike was targeted on spokesmen and one of the leaders of al-Qaeda, Abu Firas al-Suri, over northwestern Syria, but the US is currently investigating if the airstrike did or did not kill the al-Qaeda leader.
The airstrike was initially projected by either Syrian or Russian forces before the US took over. The US is unwilling release on specific details of the airstrike attack, where the attack occurred or what type of weapon was used, but human rights group in Syria reported that the attack occurred in a small town of Idlib province of northwestern Syria. This human rights groups reported that the airstrike targeted the al-Qaeda leader's son and somer soldiers that belonged to another terrorist group that is affiliated with al-Qaeda. It was reported that more than 20 people were killed and the numbers are expected to increase since there are some that were wounded and in critical condition. The al-Qaeda leader, Suri, had worked closely with Osama bin Laden and fought in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 90s. Before, the US have never set airstrikes on this terrorist group affiliate with al-Qaeda until this occurrence in their usual attack among the Islamic state.
With the Idlib province being as a recent group of violence and fighting, terrorist groups and several other opposition groups have struggled to maintain their power against Russian air campaign and a reestablished Syrian army that is backed by the Iranian and Hezbollah powers.


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