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US Air Strike in Syria killed senior al-Qaeda leader

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A US-led airstrike in northwestern Syria on Friday has killed the senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar, according to a statement from the US Central Command.

The U.S. military says no civilians were killed in the attack, which was carried out by an MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).

“The elimination of this senior al-Qaeda leader will undermine the terrorist organization’s ability to plan and carry out further attacks worldwide, threatening US citizens, our allies and innocent civilians,” the US Central Command spokesman said in a statement. , Major John Rigsbee.

“Al-Qaeda continues to present a threat to America and our allies. Al-Qaeda uses Syria as a safe haven to rebuild, coordinate with external affiliates, and plan external operations,” Rigsbee added.

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