U.S. Airstrikes Kill Top Al Qaeda Figure, 10 Others in Syria, Pentagon Says

The Pentagon statement confirmed the news in the Arab world that al-Masri had been killed.
By Harry Marcolis | Feb 09, 2017
In two airstrikes that were conducted last week in Syria, the Defense Department said on Wednesday that they managed to kill 11 Al-Qaeda operatives, with one being a close ally of Osama bin Laden. A spokesman for the Pentagon Capt.

Jeff Davies confirmed the strike which took place near Idlib on Saturday was the second, with the first conducted on Friday. It killed Abu Hani al-Masri, described as a longtime terrorist who enjoyed close ties to Osama bin Laden, Al-Qaeda's founder and Ayman al-Zawahiri, its current leader.

Al-Masri was the force behind the creation and operation of training camps in Afghanistan in the 80's and 90's where thousands of Al-Qaeda operatives were recruited and trained. They were then spread out in the region and the world to cause mayhem.

The Pentagon statement confirmed the news in the Arab world that al-Masri had been killed.
The first strike was on Friday near Idlib and targeted a building that was used as an Al-Qaeda meeting place. That attack killed ten people according to the Pentagon. Capt. Davies affirmed the importance of the airstrikes was saying they disrupted Al-Qaeda's ability to plot and direct external attacks towards the US and its interests worldwide.

Ayman al-Zawahiri, who succeeded bin Laden has also been on America's target list, five years after he took over. Zawahiri has survived at least four U.S. assassination attempts, but for the last decade, there have been no close calls or reports of his sightings.


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