2 airstrikes in Syria killed 11 al-Qaeda operatives - Pentagon

2017-02-09 13:13
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Washington – The Pentagon says two US airstrikes in Syria killed 11 al-Qaeda operatives, including one with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qaeda leaders.

A spokesperson, Navy Captain Jeff Davis, said a single airstrike on February 3 killed 10 operatives in a building used as an al-Qaeda meeting site.

A second strike the next day killed Abu Hani al-Masri, identified by the Pentagon as an al-Qaeda operative who oversaw the creation and operation of al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s.

Davis said al-Masri had ties to Bin Laden and to Ayman al-Zawahiri, who became the top leader of al-Qaeda when Bin Laden was killed by US forces in 2011.

Both US airstrikes were near Idlib in northwestern Syria.

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