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    US Air Force Eliminates Over 100 al-Qaeda Fighters Near Syria's Aleppo

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    US counterterrorism strikes in western Syria have eliminated some 100 members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group, US media reported on Friday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The attack, which took place west of the Syrian city of Aleppo, was carried out by a B-52 bomber and multiple drones, the Washington Examiner reported citing a senior Department of Defense official.

    Since 2011, Syria has been engulfed in a civil war, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition and terrorist groups, including al-Nusra Front and Daesh, which is banned in a range of countries, including Russia.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced in December that the Syrian government and armed opposition groups had reached an agreement on a nationwide ceasefire in Syria and on readiness to start peace talks.

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