Abu Mohammed al-Jolani, the leader of Al Qaeda backed al Nusrah has been killed according to Syrian sources in a Western Syria ambush. He is reportedly been killed in the coastal province of Latakia. No independent verification has been made yet. If true, it would be a major blow to Al Qaeda and a boost for the Assad Regime.
al Nusrah is the most powerful of all the rebel groups fighting in Syria. They first emerged in January of 2012, when they took credit for a series of suicide bombings. The group has led many attacks against the government and captured an airbase in Northern Syria. The United States listed al Nusrah as a terrorist organization after the suicide bombings.
Government forces set an ambush in the Eastern Ghouta region, where the sarin gas attack allegedly took place, killing 20 rebels including some of whom are believed to have belonged to al Nusrah. State TV displayed the bodies on the air, with the caption, "Eastern Ghouta is a graveyard of terrorists''.
An army officer told Al-Ikhbariya TV, "It was a highly accurate operation. We will be moving from one victory to another."
UK-based activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Right, confirmed that at least 20 were killed but provided no other details.
In another development, 20 were killed when a car bomb went off. At least three of the victims were children. The government said that it was the work of rebels and that the bomb went off during the assembly process. The rebels blame state forces.