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A senior Al Qaeda leader was killed in an airstrike in Syria, US says

Debris are seen following a US-led coalition airstrike hits Headquarters of al Nusra Front in Aleppo, Syria on November 06, 2014.
Debris are seen following a US-led coalition airstrike hits Headquarters of al Nusra Front in Aleppo, Syria on November 06, 2014.

  • A senior Al Qaeda leader was killed in a US airstrike Friday in northwest Syria.
  • US Central Command said Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed by a drone strike.
  • The strike comes two days after a US military outpost in southern Syria was hit by an attack.

The US military says it killed a senior Al Qaeda leader in an airstrike Friday in northwest Syria.

Army Maj. John Rigsbee, a spokesman for US Central Command, said in a statement that Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed by a drone strike.

Rigsbee said the killing of al-Matar will disrupt Al Qaeda’s “ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians.” He said Al Qaeda “uses Syria as a base for threats reaching into Syria, Iraq and beyond.”

The drone strike came two days after a US military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack that included drones and rockets. US officials said no American troops stationed there were injured or killed.

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