Mysterious Drone Strike Hit Western Idlib

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Mysterious Drone Strike Hit Western Idlib

A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle taxis down the runway at an air base in Afghanistan on its way to another wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Late on April 14, a large explosion was reported in the western outskirts of Idlib city, the center of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib.

While some opposition sources played down the explosion, others, including the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), said the explosion was the result of a drone strike.

According to the SOHR and several other sources, an unidentified combat drone struck a military vehicle in the western outskirts of Idlib city.

The sources didn’t report any casualties. However, they claimed that the drone responsible for the alleged strike was of the US military.

Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) is the de-facto ruler of Greater Idlib. A number of other terrorist groups, like Horas al-Din, the Turkistan Islamic Party, Ansar al-Tawhid and Ajnad al-Kavkaz are active in the region.

Over the last few years, a series of US drone strikes targeted prominent leaders of al-Qaeda in Greater Idlib.Most of the targeted personnel were foes of HTS, which was not targeted at all.

Many radicals in Greater Idlib believe that HTS is complicate in US drone strikes on the region and that the strikes are meant to strengthen the influence of the group.

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