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    US Kills 11 Al-Qaeda Operatives in 2 Strikes Near Syria’s Idlib on February 3-4

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    US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said that US military airstrikes near Syria’s Idlib have eliminated 11 al-Qaeda members last week.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US military airstrikes near Syria’s town of Idlib eliminated 11 al-Qaeda fighters last week, US Department of Defense spokesperson Capt. Jeff Davis said in a release.

    "US forces killed 11 al-Qaida operatives in two precision airstrikes near Idlib, Syria, Feb. 3-4," Davis stated on Wednesday.

    A legacy al-Qaida terrorist, Abu Hani al-Masri, who had ties to Osama bin Laden, was killed in the Saturday strike, according to the release.

    "These strikes disrupt al-Qaida's ability to plot and direct external attacks targeting the US and our interests worldwide," Davis said.

    In the 1980s and 1990s, al-Masri oversaw the creation of al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan. He also co-founded Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which was the first Sunni group that used suicide bombers.


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