The US military claims to have killed a leading member of the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda in an air strike in northwest Syria. There is no evidence of civilian victims of the air strike, said the US military command center responsible for the region, Centcom, on Friday evening. An MQ-9 drone was used for the air strike. The leading al-Qaeda member Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed, it said.
Al Qaeda continues to be a threat to the US and its allies. The group used Syria as a safe haven to organize and plan attacks, the military said. “The elimination of this leading al-Qaeda member will affect the terrorist organization’s ability to plan and carry out further attacks that threaten US citizens, our partners and innocent civilians,” said US Army spokesman Major John Rigsbee. in a written statement.
The attack came two days after an attack on a US outpost in southern Syria. Rigsbee did not say whether the US drone attack was carried out in retaliation.