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Syria says it killed the military commander of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front

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BEIRUT — Syrian state-run news agency SANA says the army has killed the military commander of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front.

The agency says Abu Hommam al-Shami was killed during a military operation carried out by the Syrian army that targeted a Nusra meeting in the village of Habeet, in the northern Idlib province.

PHOTO: In this photo released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Portuguese state television, RTP, in Damascus, Syria. Assad denied that his troops drop barrels bombs on civilians telling a journalist: "You are talking about massive propaganda." (AP Photo/SANA)
In this photo released Wednesday, March 4, 2015, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks during an interview with Portuguese state television, RTP, in Damascus, Syria. Assad denied that his troops drop barrels bombs on civilians telling a journalist: "You are talking about massive propaganda." (AP Photo/SANA)

It did not elaborate, but the report suggested he was killed in an airstrike.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed that a Nusra Front leadership meeting was targeted in Idlib, killing a number of prominent leaders, including Abu Hommam.

It said it was not clear whether the meeting was targeted by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike or a Syrian army strike.

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