Jabhat al-Nusra senior official killed by targeted airstrike in Idlib

On 3 April, Abu Firas al-Suri, a senior member of Jabhat al-Nusra and longtime al-Qaeda veteran was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Abu Firas was in a meeting with other al-Nusra commanders in the town of Kafr Jalis, just north of Idlib city. He was a Syrian native who had been involved in the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood uprising of the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, Abu Firas travelled to Afghanistan to partake in the war against the Soviet Union. There he met Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, and helped establish Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terrorist organization closely linked to al-Qaeda. Abu Firas spent the decade after the 9/11 attacks in Yemen. He returned to Syria when the Jabhat al-Nusra-ISIS fitna broke out, and remained with Jabhat al-Nusra since. While he was clearly important enough for the U.S. to target, his death will most likely not disrupt Jabhat al-Nusra operations.