Pro-jihadi social media accounts mourned, yesterday, the military commander of Ansar al-Islam salafist group, Abu Leith al-Tunisi, was killed during clashes with the Syrian Army in southern Aleppo.
The terror chief was killed while repelling the government troops at Al-Mahroukat Hilltop, located to the south of the strategic Ramouseh district. A number of jihadists from the same hardline group was also reported dead including Muhajer al-Kurdi, Abu Zakaaya al-Kurdi and Habib al-Kurdi.
The extremist Kurdish Sunni group was first established in Iraq in 2001 and fought the American-led forces following the 2003 Iraq invasion. With the outbreak of the Syrian war, the group established itself in the war-torn country and participated – along with other jihadi factions – in several battles against the Syrian Army.
On August 2014, part of the group pledged allegiance to the self-proclaimed Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), while the rest continued to function as an independent organization.