Chechen-born Abu Bakr al-Shishani, the top commander of Ahrar al Sham terrorist group in Homs province, was killed in a Russian airstrike in Syria, Fars news agency reports .
The Russian fighter jets killed dozens of Takfiri terrorists, including the Emir (top commander) of Ahrar al Sham terrorist group in Homs, Abu Bakr al-Shishani, Wednesday.
Syrian military sources told Sputnik Thursday that al-Shishani was reportedly killed by a Russian airstrike in Homs province in Syria.
The Syrian army also killed two other top commanders of the Takfiri terrorist group, including head of the militants’ operations room, in Homs Thursday.
The terrorist commander, Rawad al-Aksah, was killed in Teir Ma’la in Homs countryside. Al-Aksah was in charge of Homs operations room, and also led the terrorists in Teir Ma’la.
Reports from Homs said that another top terrorist leader, Amer Moussa Shiblout, has also been identified among the dead.
The Syrian armed forces conducted massive military operations in the Northern and Northeastern countryside of Homs province Thursday.
Early battlefield reports indicated large casualties among the militants. Reports on Thursday evening said the Syrian army, backed up by the Russian warplanes, still continues marching on militant-held regions.
A large group of IS terrorists were killed in Syrian military operations in the province of Homs.
Army killed a group of IS terrorists, and destroyed their weaponry and ammunition in the city of Palmyra (Tadmour) and Unk al-Hawa village to the East of Homs city on Wednesday.
The Syrian forces also targeted positions of al-Nusra Front in al-Saan al-Shamali, al-Saan al-Aswad and Um Sharshouh in the Northern countryside of Homs, leaving a large group of terrorists dead.
Operation to surround IS
A senior security official announced beginning of massive operations in Iraq and Syria to cripple the IS terrorist group in the two war-hit countries.
“The biggest operation to besiege the Takfiri IS terrorist group have started in Syria, which is first of a kind in Syria,” a senior Iraqi security official told FNA on Thursday.
He underlined that the operations are expected to exert heavy pressure on the IS terrorists.
Noting that the main operations will be staged in Iraq’s al-Anbar province and Syria’s Raqa and countryside of Idlib provinces, he said: “The operations will be conducted through information coordination and intelligence sharing in the joint operations room which includes representatives of Iraq, Syria, Iran and Russia.”