A Syrian rebel commander in a main
Islamist brigade was killed and two others were injured in an
air strike by President Bashar Assad's forces on Aleppo,
activists said on Friday, in a setback to rebels defending the
city against a loyalist attack.
Aleppo, Syria's commercial hub and most populous city before
the uprising against Assad erupted in 2011, has been witnessing
heavy fighting since Assad's forces, backed by Shi'ite militia
from Iraq and the Lebanese party Hezbollah, launched an
offensive two weeks ago to retake rebel-held areas in the city.
The opposition Aleppo
News Network said in a statement that
the raid on Thursday targeted an army
base that rebels had
captured, killing commander Youssef al-Abbas
Qatari-backed al-Tawhid Brigades, one of the biggest armed
Abbas was known by the nom de guerre Abu
Tawhid's leadership was holding a meeting in the base when
the raid occurred, the statement said.