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U.S. Strike in Syria Targets Key al-Qaida Leader

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — U.S. forces conducted an airstrike yesterday near Idlib, Syria, targeting Egyptian national Abu al-Farai al-Masri, one of al-Qaida in Syria's most senior leaders and a legacy al-Qaida terrorist who previously had ties to Osama bin Laden, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said.

In a statement issued last night, Cook said officials were still assessing the strike’s results.

If confirmed, the death of Masri – who also is known as Ahmad Salamah Mabruk -- would disrupt and degrade coordination among senior al-Qaida leaders and extremists, the press secretary said.

“The United States military will continue to target al-Qaida leaders to disrupt their operations and counter the threat posed by this terrorist group,” he added.
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