THE TOP COMMANDER of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham and founder of Jabhat Al-Nusra was injured during the Monday explosion in Idlib, the northern province of Syria.
Abu Mohammad Al-Jolani (real name known as Ahmad Hussein Al-Shara) was struck in the head by shrapnel, according to a news report by Sputnik, published in its Turkish language edition.
After the injury, Al-Jolani was rushed to a hospital where he was treated for his concussion-like symptoms to his head. The person who brought him to Antakya State Hospital was allegedly was Abu Muhammad Al-Jolani,” a source told the news agency.
Following the alleged incident, Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham has yet to issue a statement but some opposition activists have posted similar information via social media.
Meanwhile, bringing the wounded leader of Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham to Turkey could trigger the argument Turkey has been collaborating with the radical terror groups in Syria. Turkey and its President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are frequently being accused of abetting and supplying support to radical terror organizations in the Middle East.
In 2015, Russia published satellite images purporting to show Turkish tanker trucks filling up with oil at an installation controlled by ISIS in Syria. An ISIS oil convoy had been destroyed by a Russian air strike in Syria, days after Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Turkey of buying oil from ISIS.
Some Russian sources broadcast video footage showing thick black smoke billowing into the sky from the remains of the oil tanker, targeted in the northern outskirts of Aleppo province.
Since taking office in 2014, Erdogan has been accused of abandoning Turkey’s traditional pragmatism in favor of an Islamist ideological agenda that led to an open-door policy toward neighboring Syria, resulting in the appearance of radical terror organizations such as ISIS.