Abdul Hamid al-Matar, a senior Al Qaeda leader was reportedly killed in a US airstrike Friday in northwest Syria, the US Central Command said. The strike came two days after a US military outpost in southern Syria was hit by an attack.
Army Maj. John Rigsbee, a spokesman for US Central Command, said in a statement that Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed by a drone strike. Rigsbee said the killing of al-Matar will disrupt Al Qaeda’s “ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians.” He said Al Qaeda “uses Syria as a base for threats reaching into Syria, Iraq and beyond.”
Rigsbee informed that the terror outfit utilises Syria as a “safe haven” in a bid to rebuild, coordinate with other affiliates, and plan other operations. The drone strike came two days after a US military outpost in southern Syria was hit by a coordinated attack that included drones and rockets. US officials said no American troops stationed there were injured or killed [Business Insider].
The Wednesday attack was carried out at the remote base at al-Tanf which is located along a crucial highway in southern Syria on the border with Jordan. Reportedly, it is surrounded by a 35-mile buffer zone to prevent potential conflicts with other government troops located close by including those of Russia and Syria [Republic World].
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