TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army killed a notorious Al-Qaeda ringleader in heavy clashes in Reef (outskirts of) Idlib in Northern Syria Monday night.
According to FNA dispatches from Northern Syria, the Syrian army has killed Mazen Al-Khatib, also known as Abu Al-Qader, in recent clashes in Ariha city in Reef Idlib.
Al-Khatib was the commander of the Al-Nusra Front in Kafr Nabl town in Reef Idlib.
A number of websites affiliated to Al-Qaeda terrorists confirmed that Al-Khatib has been killed in clashes in suburban Ariha city.
Since last week, Syrian army and militants have continued fierce battles in the Northern province of Idlib after rebels staged a massive raid on Jisr al-Shughour through multiple fronts.
Tens of terrorists have also been killed in heavy clashes between the army and Al-Nusra Front militants in Jabal al-Arbaeen and Ariha
Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011 with organized attacks by well-armed gangs against Syrian police forces and border guards being reported across the country.
Hundreds of people, including members of the security forces, have been killed, when some protest rallies turned into armed clashes.
The government blames outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups for the deaths, stressing that the unrest is being orchestrated from abroad.
Tel Aviv, Washington and some Arab capitals have been staging various plots to topple President Bashar al-Assad, who is well known in the world for his anti-Israeli stances.
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