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

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

The US navy has killed senior al Qaeda chief Abdul Hamid al-Matar in a drone strike in Syria, a US Central Command spokesman stated.

“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 stated in a written assertion late on Friday.

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

Rigsbee didn’t say if the US drone strike was carried out in retaliation of the assault.


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