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'Senior Al-Qaeda Leader' killed in US strike in Syria: Pentagon

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India TV News Desk, Washington [Published on:23 Nov 2016, 14:53:13]

The Pentagon says a US military airstrike in Syria has killed an al-Qaeda leader with ties to militant movements across the Middle East.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook identified the target as an Egyptian named Abu Afghan al-Masri. 

Cook called him a senior al-Qaida leader in Syria who joined the organisation in Afghanistan several years ago and had a hand in attacks on US and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Cook said the strike was carried out November 18 by a US military drone aircraft. It 's the latest in a series of attacks aimed at eliminating al-Qaeda leadership.

The Pentagon did not immediately provide further information about Masri, only that he had a "senior leadership role" in Al-Qaeda.

"This is someone who helped organize Al-Qaeda activities," Cook said.

He "has been on our radar for some time."

AP inputs

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