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Russian airstrike in Syria Leaves Al Nusra leader in Coma

TEHRAN, Oct. 05 (MNA) – Russia's Aerospace Forces launched a surgical assault against the rebranded Al Nusra Front terrorist group, killing seven leaders and 49 additional fighters, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Nusra Front terrorist group (Jabhat al-Nusra) leader Abu Muhammad Jawlani fell into a coma after a recent strike by Russia's Aerospace Forces in Syria, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said Thursday.

"The destruction by the Russian Aerospace Forces of Jabhat al-Nusra's command and the coma… of leader Abu Muhammad Jawlani caused confusion among terrorists throughout the province of Idlib," Konashenkov said.

The ministry reported Wednesday that a Russian combat jets' strike in Syria left Jawlani with heavy fragmentation wounds and in critical condition.

Russia, along with Iran and local militia forces, has been assisting the Syrian government in its fight against the terrorist groups wreaking havoc in the Arab country since 2011.

Moscow has been conducting an anti-terrorist operation in Syria since September 30, 2015, at the behest of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
SPUTNIK/MNA