Turkish Nusra Front commander 'killed' in Syria air strike

38-year-old Abu Yusuf al-Turki, whose real name is Umit Yasar Toprak, joined the battle against Bashar al-Assad's regime two months ago.

Turkish Nusra Front commander 'killed' in Syria air strike

World Bulletin / News Desk

It has been reported that a Turkish commander in the Nusra Front was killed in an air strike in Syria.

Abu Yusuf al-Turki, whose real name is Umit Yasar Toprak, was reportedly killed in a bombing blitz by the US-led coalition targeting ISIL militants on Wednesday morning.

The 38-year-old fight is said to have left his wife and five children in his hometown Bursa in northern-western Turkey to join the battle against Bashar al-Assad's regime two months ago.

According to Dogan News Agency, another reason why he joined the Al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front was because he wanted to fight against the ISIL, a rival group that broke off from Al Qaeda before capturing key positions in both Syria and Iraq.

Toprak, who had been arrested in the past in connection with a ring that was allegedly planning to assassinate former US President George W. Bush during his visit to Turkey, had also stayed briefly in Iraq before returning to Bursa.

His family has thus far refused to comment on the reports.

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