US drone strike 'targets Al-Qaeda commander' in Idlib strike
The drone, which according to eyewitnesses from the region had been spotted hovering over the area for days, struck a car along the Binnish-Idlib road.
Sources have said the car was carrying three senior figures in the Islamist Hurras Al-Din group, which has been linked to Al-Qaeda.
One of the commanders reportedly killed is Tunisian Abu Al-Bara al-Tunisi, who has been active in Syria for years and escaped two attempted assassinations, according to analyst Charles Lister.
He was previously affiliated to the Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front.
Pictures shared online, which could not be verified by The New Arab, purportedly showed the charred vehicle Al-Tunisia was travelling in lying in a grove. Other videos showed black smoke billowing from the area.
This is the first US strike in Idlib in several months.
Idlib is still under the control of rebels - most backed by Turkey - and the Islamist Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham group. Ankara also has a military presence in the area.
Northwestern Syria has been witnessing sporadic military activities since a ceasefire was brokered in March 2020 by Turkey and Russia, which support opposing sides in the Syrian war.
The Syrian regime, which agreed to the Russia-Turkey negotiated truce, has vowed to restore control over territory it lost during the 10-year conflict.
The rebel-held region is home to some 6 million people, many of them displaced by the civil war that has killed a half million people and displaced half the country's pre-war population of 23 million, including more than 5 million who are refugees outside the country.