Syrian militant group releases video of leader apparently uninjured

By REUTERS
October 18, 2017 23:24
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BEIRUT- Two weeks after Russia said it had critically injured the leader of the Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Syria, an undated video was published on Wednesday, purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, apparently in good health.

The video showed Golani lecturing his fighters and played scenes of militants in battle.

After the reported strike earlier this month, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Golani had lost an arm and was in critical condition.

Russia is an ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Previously called the Nusra Front, the group severed ties with al Qaida last year and in January re-branded itself as leading force in the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham alliance. Opposed to the Syrian government, the jihadist group is the dominant faction in the northwestern rebel-held province of Idlib.

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