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US-led Coalition strike in Idlib kills dozens of jihadists - details, video

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A few hours ago, reports began to emerge from the mostly jihadist-controlled province of Idlib in Syria that a strike conducted by the US-led International Coalition had hit a large gathering of various Al-Qaeda factions.

In particular, opposition sources say that the strikes (probably conducted by cruise missiles, since bombs were said not to have been used) hit a gathering near the town of Kafraya, north of Idlib city.

The US-led Coalition strike, which was reportedly conducted out of Turkey, targeted members of the Ansar al-Tawhid group (previously Jund al-Aqsa, an old Islamic State affiliate, now aligned with Al-Qaeda) and the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (previous Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda) jihadist alliance.

According to the pro-militant war monitor group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the US precision strike has neutralized more than 40 jihadist fighters and commanders; more specific reports claim that the number is 31 killed and 24 wounded. The point is, the final count will probably confirm that dozens have been killed.

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As per usual when the US-led Coalition conducts a very rare operation in Idlib, the strike was highly effective, killing and wounding nearly four dozen Al-Qaeda ranks in a single location meaning the US knew exactly where and when this gathering was going to take place.

Furthermore, reports that well-known Hayat Tahrir al-Sham commander Abu Mohammad al-Joulani was present at the gathering hit by the US-led Coaltion seem to be untrue; overall, the information is, at the very least, still unconfirmed at this time.