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Nine Extremists Killed in Russia Strikes on Idlib

Nine Extremists Killed in Russia Strikes on Idlib

Saturday, 5 October, 2019 - 11:45
A Russian soldier stands at the entrance of a cave and tunnel system reportedly used by Syrian anti-government fighters near Khan Sheikhun in the south of Idlib province on September 25, 2019. (Photo by Maxime POPOV / AFP)

Nine militants were killed Saturday in Russian airstrikes on Syria's war-torn province of Idlib, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"Russian strikes this morning targeted the Hurras al-Deen group and Ansar al-Tahwid in eastern Idlib... killing nine militants," said the Observatory, adding eight others were wounded.

Six of the dead were members of the al-Qaeda linked Hurras al-Deen, a group which is also targeted by the US-led coalition, AFP reported.

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham -- a group led by Syria's former al-Qaeda affiliate -- extended its administrative control over the whole of Idlib in January, but other opposition factions remain present.

In late August, clashes between anti-government fighters and regime forces left more than 50 dead on both sides, when the militants attacked loyalist positions in the south.

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