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US says it killed al-Qaeda leader in Syria with drone strike

The strike comes two days after an American outpost in southern Syria was attacked.

The US military has killed senior al Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria, a US Central Command spokesman said.

“The removal of this al Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organisation’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,” US Army Major John Rigsbee said in a written statement late on Friday.

The strike comes two days after a US outpost in southern Syria was attacked.

Rigsbee did not say if the US drone strike was carried out in retaliation of the attack.




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