Score a big one for the war on Islamic jihad today, but the question is, who gets the points?
The United States has been making rather tepid efforts against al-Qaida and ISIS – other than picking off a few bad guys here and there, and listening to President Obama’s “soaring rhetoric.”
But today, AFP reports, The spokesman for Al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front, his son and 20 other jihadists were killed in air strikes Sunday in the northeast of the country, a monitor said.
“Abu Firas al-Suri, his son and at least 20 jihadists of Al-Nusra and Jund al-Aqsa and jihadists from Uzbekistan were killed in strikes on positions in Idlib province,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights chief Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
It was not immediately clear if the raids were carried out by Syrian regime warplanes or their Russian allies.
We’ll surely find out more as the story unfolds, but it’s a bit disconcerting that the U.S. is no longer taking the lead on the war against Islamic jihad. Who’d ever think we’d be cheering on Vladimir Putin?
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]