U.S. airstrike kills top al-Qaeda leader in Syria


The U.S. military killed a top al-Qaeda leader by conducting an airstrike in Suluk town of Syria.

“A U.S. airstrike today in northwest Syria killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar. We have no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike, which was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft,” U.S. Central Command Spokesperson, Maj. John Rigsbee said.

Rigsbee further added that al-Qaeda continues to present a threat to America and its allies. “Al-Qaeda uses Syria as a safe haven to rebuild, coordinate with external affiliates, and plan external operations.”

Al-Qaeda also uses Syria as a base for threats reaching into Syria, Iraq and beyond, Rigsbee said, adding that the removal of this al-Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians.

He also added that the U.S. will continue to target members of al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations who intend to harm the U.S. homeland.



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