A top commander of Syria’s rebranded al Qaida affiliate Ahmed Salama Mabrouk who was close to terror network leader Ayman al-Zawahri has been killed in an air strike.

The Fatah al Sham Front, previously known as the Nusra Front, announced his death of shortly after the Pentagon said the US had targeted a prominent member of the group in Syria.

In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said Mabrouk was targeted in the air strike by US forces, but did not confirm his death, saying that the results of the strike were still being assessed.

But a Twitter account run by the Fatah al Sham Front said Mabrouk, a veteran Egyptian jihadist also known as Abu Farag al-Masri, was killed in the northern Idlib province, which is controlled by an insurgent alliance that includes the Fatah al-Sham Front.

Another senior commander, Abu Omar Saraqib, was killed in an air strike last month.

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