US says airstrike killed 7 leaders of al-Qaida in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States believes it killed seven senior al-Qaida leaders in an air strike in Syria last week when the leaders met near Idlib, US Central Command said Monday.
A central command spokeswoman Maj. Beth Riordan said the strike was carried out on October 22nd. You have not identified the seven leaders by name.
"The removal of these AQ-S leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to continue planning and conducting global attacks that threaten US citizens, our partners and innocent civilians," she said.
"AQ-S is taking 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 take action against al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations."
The United States carried out an air strike against al-Qaida in Syria near Idlib on October 15.

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