US says seven al-Qaeda leaders killed in Oct. 22 airstrike in Syria

US army vehicle supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Hajin, in the Deir Ezzor province, eastern Syria. (File photo: AFP)

The United States believes it killed seven senior leaders of al-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.

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“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.

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

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

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