Syria: Two jihadist fighters killed in air strike allegedly by Intl. Coalition
Two jihadist fighters were killed by a drone strike of the US-led International Coalition in Northern Syria on Friday, Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported.
The fighters on motorcycle were targeted in Idlib countryside near the Syrian-Turkish border, SOHR said, citing local sources who said the victims were not Syrian nationals.
According to SOHR, the attack followed the arrest of seven "foreign jihadists" including two Afghans by Al Qaeda offshoot Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib "on orders of the Turkish Intelligence."
Citing a HTS member who said that the Afghan jihadists were not targeted over any dispute or offense on their part, SOHR said the arrests were part of HTS's efforts "to improve its image before the world as a democratic organization."
Reuters confirmed the deadly attack in Idlib, saying that at least two people were killed in an air strike on a motorcycle in the rebel-held zone of northwest Syria.
There is yet no claim of responsibility for the air strike, it added.
Neither the International Coalition nor US Central Command (CENTCOM) have provided any information regarding the incident as of late Friday.