The Russian Defense Minister has confirmed it bombed a meeting of Al-Qaeda’s the chief of staff in Syria. 60 members (12 of which hold key positions) of the organization were killed and its commander-in-chief, Abu Mohammed al-Joulani (see photo) seriously injured.

Al-Joulani is an Al-Qaeda combatant who was a US prisoner in Camp Bucca (Iraq). Upon his release, he joined the Islamic State in Iraq, organized by the American, John Negroponte. Then he follows the organization when it relocated to Syria (his country of origin). However he does not follow the Caliph when the later breaks away from al Qaeda. The US offered 10 million dollars for his capture.

Currently there are three main jihadist coalitions in Syria:
 the pro-Turks (Free Syrian Army);
 the pro-Qatari (Hayat Tahrir al-Cham / Al-Qaeda); and
 the pro-Deep State (Daesh).

Hayat Tahrir al-Cham has denied that Abu Mohammed al-Joulani was wounded and mutilated, just like Daesh had denied the death of its caliph, Abou Bakr al-Baghdadi. The latter died on 28 May 2017, also during a Russian bombing before his voice was resuscitated in the pro-US media.

Anoosha Boralessa