On May 27 morning, a mysterious explosion wiped out a headquarters of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP) in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, according to pro-opposition news outlet Enab Baladi.
The headquarters was located near al-Gassaneyah in southwest Idlib. The town oversees the M4 highway, which links the cities of Lattakia and Aleppo. The explosion took place a few hours ahead of a joint Russian-Turkish patrol on the highway.
Initially, opposition activists said that the TIP’s headquarters was targeted by Russian warplanes, which were spotted over al-Gassaneyah. Nevertheless, they quickly changed their narrative, claiming that the explosion was not caused by an airstrike.
The TIP has not commented on the incident yet. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), six Uyghur terrorists were killed in the explosion.
Despite the denial of opposition activists, the available information suggests that the TIP’s headquarters was targeted and the Russian Aerospace Forces may have been behind the strike. If this is true, this would be the first Russian airstrike on Greater Idlib since the singing of the March 5 agreement with Turkey.