The Syrian army killed the leader of Jabhat al-Nusra (Nusra Front) terrorist group, Egypt-born Abu Suleiman al-Masri in Aleppo, a source confirmed to Sputnik Saturday.
According to the source, the terrorist was killed during a fight near the Tal-al-Karsani village outside Aleppo.
The Nusra Front is an Islamist armed group fighting the Syrian government. Damascus also combats the Islamic State militants and a number of opposition forces.
This week the Russian Defense Ministry said Islamiс State was in talks with other terrorist groups operating in Syria about joining forces against the Syrian Army.
“Intercepted radio communications suggest that commanders of several large units of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group have begun talks with leaders of the Islamic State terrorist organization about joining forces to contain the Syrian Army offensive,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said on Wednesday.