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Tharir al-Sham leader critically injured in air strike, Russian Federation says

Tharir al-Sham leader critically injured in air strike, Russian Federation says

"The air raid - he said from Moscow - inflicted many serious wounds to the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Mohammad al-Julani".

Konashenkov said the strike was the result of a special operation to avenge an attack on Russian military police in Syria on September 18.

Julani "sustained shrapnel wounds and is in a critical condition after losing his arm, according to information from multiple independent sources", Konashenkov added.

The Defense Ministry in Moscow says that a Russian air strike in Syria has killed 12 Al-Nusra Front field commanders and gravely wounded the group's leader.

Russian-led forces tracked down the militants using data obtained by Russian intelligence while HTS fighters gathered for a meeting. In 2016, it shed its status as Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate and changed its name to the Fateh al-Sham Front.

Washington and the United Nations did not recognise the break from Al-Qaeda and retained the jihadists on their terror blacklists.

ISIS news agency Amak claimed the men are Russian "soldiers" who were taken as prisoners of war.

The Observatory, however, reported that a military air base in the Idlib province, controlled by the Levant Liberation Committee, had been targeted with at least 23 airstrikes on Tuesday.

More than 330,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.