Jabhat al-Nusra which was the official Al Qaeda branch in Syria split earlier this year and Jabhat Fatah al-Sham was formed.
Jabhat Fatah al-Sham senior commander Abu al-Farai al-Masri was killed when his vehicle was hit in the northwestern Idlib province by U.S. air assaults.
Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the U.S. air raids targeted Masri, an Egyptian national who had ties with the former Al Qaeda emir, Osama bin Laden.
Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. Special Forces in 2011 in Pakistan. U.S. According to U.S. intelligence Masri was sought as he was a companion of the Al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.
U.S. military still assessing the BDA but the confirmation of Masri’s death is a huge blow to that militants group which will greatly disrupt and degrade coordination among senior AQ leaders and extremists, Cook said in a statement.