It has been a rough week for Al-Qaeda and their affiliates, as two of their most senior commanders inside Syria have been reportedly killed by both the U.S. and Russian Air Forces.
Last Thursday, a senior commander from the Syrian Al-Qaeda group “Jabhat Al-Nusra” was reportedly killed during an alleged U.S. airstrike above the Aleppo Governorate’s southwestern countryside.
The senior Al-Qaeda commander was identified as “Sanafi Al-Nasr”, who was considered the lead field commander of the “Khorasan Group” inside of Syria, according to Pentagon.
Before joining Jabhat Al-Nusra in 2013, Sanafi Al-Nasr was the Chief Financial Officer of Al-Qaeda that was operating in several countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan.
Al-Nasr’s real name was ‘Abdel-Mohsen Al-Sharekh and he was identified as a Saudi national that joined Al-Qaeda in 2000 – he was also the fifth Khorasan Group commander killed inside Syria in the last four months.
In addition to the death of Sanafi Al-Nasr, the Russian Air Force killed the top Al-Qaeda leader inside the East Ghouta region of the Rif Dimashq Governorate this weekend.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Russian Air Force killed Mohammad Sirhan (AKA “Abu Qaa’qaa”) during an airstrike over the terrorist group’s main base in the East Ghouta at the Marj Sultan Airbase.