Islamist rebel head killed in Syria, watchdog says

Members of the Jabhat al-Nusra organization, which is an affiliate of al-Qaeda and one of the stronger opposition groups in Syria

BEIRUT — Jihadist militants of the Islamist State of Iraq and the Levant have killed the head of the Al-Nusra Front and his family in northern Syria, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a four-man ISIL unit killed Abu Mohammed al-Ansari, his wife, daughter, brother and niece in a house in Ras al-Hosn late on Tuesday.

Ansari headed the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front in Idlib province.

His killing was the latest since January in clashes between the two extremist groups as they strive for supremacy in areas of northern Syria under rebel control.

The Observatory said that after Tuesday’s murders, Al-Nusra fighters killed one attacker and captured two more, while the fourth blew himself up…