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HTS spokesman killed as Syrian army hits militant positions in southern Idlib: Reports

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
This undated file picture shows the spokesman for the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) Takfiri terrorist, Abu Khalid al-Shami. (Photo via Twitter)

The official spokesman for the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) Takfiri terrorist group has reportedly been killed after Syrian government forces struck positions belonging to foreign-sponsored militants in the southern part of the country’s troubled northwestern province of Idlib.

Local media outlets, citing informed sources requesting anonymity, reported that Abu Khalid al-Shami died along with Abu Mus’ab, the media relations coordinator of the militant group, on Thursday.

The Arabic-language Sham FM radio station reported that the pair were killed after Syrian army artillery units pounded terrorists holed up in a mountainous area of al-Ziyanah region.

Russian soldier killed, 3 injured in northern Syria blast

Separately, a Russian soldier lost his life and three other servicemen sustained injuries when an improvised explosive device went off near their military vehicle in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that the roadside bomb exploded on June 9, as the Russian military police was on patrol in the area.

“One Russian serviceman died as a result of the explosion,” said a ministry statement.

The three wounded soldiers were hospitalized but in a stable condition, it added.

The Russian military assistance, which comes at the official request of the Syrian government, has effectively helped the national army recapture key areas from foreign-backed militant groups.

The Russian Air Force has been providing air cover to Syria’s liberation operations on the ground.

Moscow’s contingent of ground forces in Syria is comprised of military police tasked with delivering humanitarian aid, helping Syrian armed forces deal with terrorists, and preventing clashes between government troops and Turkish forces illegally deployed to the Arab country’s north.


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