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US Says Airstrike Killed 7 Qaeda Leaders Near Syria's Idlib

US Says Airstrike Killed 7 Qaeda Leaders Near Syria's Idlib

Tuesday, 27 October, 2020 - 09:15
This photo released Feb. 24, 2018 shows Qaeda-linked fighters from Hayat Tahrir al-Sham in Idlib province, Syria. (Ibaa News Agency, via AP)

The US believes it killed seven senior leaders of Qaeda in Syria in an airstrike last week as the leaders were meeting near Idlib, US Central Command said Monday.

A Central Command spokeswoman, Maj. Beth Riordan, said the strike was conducted Oct. 22.

She did not identify the seven leaders by name.

“The removal of these AQ-S leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carryout global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,” she said.

“AQ-S takes advantage of the instability in northwest Syria to establish and maintain safe havens to coordinate terrorist activities,” she added, The Associated Press reported.

“With our allies and partners, we will continue to target Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.”

The US also conducted an airstrike against Qaeda in Syria, near Idlib, on Oct. 15.

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