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Seven Al-Qaeda leaders have been killed, according to the US air strike in northwestern Syria

The United States believes it killed seven senior al-Qaeda leaders in Syria in an airstrike last week when they met near the Turkish border, the US Central Command said Monday.

A Central Command spokeswoman, Major Beth Riordan, said the attack took place on October 22 in Idlib, northwestern Syria. She did not name the seven leaders.

“The removal of these AQ-S leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further summarize and carry out global attacks that threaten US citizens, our partners and innocent civilians,” she said.

“AQ-S is taking advantage of the instability in northwestern Syria to establish and maintain safe havens to coordinate terrorist activities,” she added. “We will continue to target al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations with our allies and partners.”

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a total of 17 jihadists were killed in the strike and five civilians were killed.

The United States believes it killed seven senior Al-Qaeda leaders in Syria in an airstrike last week when the leaders met near the Turkish border (photo file)

The United States believes it killed seven senior Al-Qaeda leaders in Syria in an airstrike last week when the leaders met near the Turkish border (photo file)

A total of 17 jihadists were killed in the strike. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians were also killed (photo: US armored vehicle participates in a patrol near the oil fields of Rumaylan (Rmeilan) in the Kurdish-controlled northeastern Hasakeh province of Syria)

A total of 17 jihadists were killed in the strike. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians were also killed.

A total of 17 jihadists were killed in the strike. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said five civilians were also killed.

In her statement, Riordan did not specify the total number of fatalities as a result of the attack.

The British observatory said the strike targeted a dinner meeting of jihadists in the village of Jakara in the Salqin area.

The village is in Idlib, Syria’s last major rebel bastion, which is dominated by the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham group, led by a former al-Qaeda affiliate, and its rebel allies.

The observatory chief, Rami Abdel Rahman, said Military.com that five non-Syrian jihadists were among the dead, but their nationality was not immediately known.

“They were invited to dinner in a tent on a farm in Jakara,” he said.

“It was a meeting of leaders opposed to HTS who reject the Russia-Turkish deals” that led to a fragile truce in Idlib, he said. “Some were close to Hurras al-Deen.”

The Idlib region is the largest area in Syria not currently under government control. Almost three million people live there.

Idlib is being threatened on the one hand by the Syrian government forces loyal to President Bashar Assad, who is backed by Russia, and on the other by the Turkish army that is pulling more troops into the area.

The US also carried out an air strike against Al-Qaeda in Syria, near Idlib, on Oct. 15.

US military officials said the drone attack was carried out by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Rahman said a Jordanian and a Yemeni military commander from the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hurras al-Deen group were killed when a missile fired by a drone hit their car.

People collect scrap steel rods from the rubble and destruction in the aftermath of aerial bombing in the city of Ihsim in the rebel-occupied northwestern province of Idlib, on Oct. 18.

People collect scrap steel rods from the rubble and destruction in the aftermath of aerial bombing in the city of Ihsim in the rebel-occupied northwestern province of Idlib, on Oct. 18.

People collect scrap steel rods from the rubble and destruction in the aftermath of aerial bombing in the city of Ihsim in the rebel-occupied northwestern province of Idlib, on Oct. 18.

Syria The Idlib region is the largest area in Syria that is currently not under government control. Almost three million people live there

Syria The Idlib region is the largest area in Syria that is currently not under government control. Almost three million people live there

Syria The Idlib region is the largest area in Syria that is currently not under government control. Almost three million people live there

On Sunday, Afghanistan claimed it killed a leading al-Qaeda propagandist on an FBI’s Most Wanted List during an operation in the east of the country.

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri, follows weeks of violence, including a suicide attack by the Islamic State group on Saturday at an education center near Kabul that killed 24 people.

Details of the raid that led to al-Rauf’s alleged death remained unclear hours after Afghan intelligence agency, the national security directorate, claimed on Twitter to have killed him in Ghazni province. It said one of its members was also killed during the operation. T.

The agency released a photo late Sunday afternoon that described it as al-Rauf’s corpse, which resembled FBI footage of the militant leader.

The Afghan presidential palace issued a statement on Sunday saying al-Rauf had been murdered, warning it “that the threat of terrorism and the Taliban’s links to terrorist networks still persist.”

“The Taliban must prove to the people, the government of Afghanistan and the international community that they are ending their ties to terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda,” the statement said. They “must stop the war and the violence and enable a dignified and lasting peace in the country.”

Federal prosecutors in New York’s Southern District filed an arrest warrant against al-Rauf in December 2018, accusing him of supporting a foreign terrorist organization and being part of a conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens.

The FBI placed him on the agency’s “ Most Wanted Terrorists ” list, which now includes 27 others.

Al-Qaeda did not immediately acknowledge al-Rauf’s reported death. The FBI declined to comment. The US Army Central Command and NATO did not respond to requests for comment.

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri, follows weeks of violence, including a suicide attack by the Islamic State group on Saturday at an education center near Kabul that killed 24 people.

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri, follows weeks of violence, including a suicide attack by the Islamic State group on Saturday at an education center near Kabul that killed 24 people.

The reported death of Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri, follows weeks of violence, including a suicide attack by the Islamic State group on Saturday at an education center near Kabul that killed 24 people.

Back in Idlib, Russia was blamed on Monday for an airstrike on a training camp in the region that killed more than 50 Turkish-backed militiamen.

The daytime attack was considered one of the worst blows to the strongest opposition groups.

Youssef Hammoud, a spokesman for the Syrian opposition, said the air strike targeted a military training camp for Faylaq al-Sham. Faylaq al-Sham is the largest Turkish-backed armed group and one of the most disciplined and trained.

Turkey has long supported Syrian rebels and has used many of those fighters to bolster its military campaigns in Libya and Azerbaijan.

According to a war monitor and another opposition spokesman, the camp in Jebel al-Dweila, not far from the Turkish border, organized training sessions for new recruits. According to Hammoud, the leaders of the camp were killed.

A fighter from the Turkey-backed Faylaq al-Sham rebel faction in Syria shoots into the air during the funeral of 10 fighters from the faction in the northwestern city of Idlib on Oct. 26.

A fighter from the Turkey-backed Faylaq al-Sham rebel faction in Syria shoots into the air during the funeral of 10 fighters from the faction in the northwestern city of Idlib on Oct. 26.

A fighter from the Turkey-backed Faylaq al-Sham rebel faction in Syria shoots into the air during the funeral of 10 fighters from the faction in the northwestern city of Idlib on Oct. 26.

People attend the funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in Idlib city, Syria, Monday

People attend the funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in Idlib city, Syria, Monday

People attend the funeral of fighters killed in an airstrike in Idlib city, Syria, Monday

The Human Rights Observatory, which follows the war in Syria, has killed 78 fighters and wounded nearly 90. Rescue efforts were still underway, the Observatory said.

Syrian rebel groups pledged to retaliate.

“We, the National Liberation Front factions, will respond to these violations,” said Naji al-Mustafa, another spokesman for the Turkey-backed fighters, who threatens to target the government and Russian positions. He called the strike a “crime” of Russia.

After a series of military victories backed by key ally Russia, the Syrian government has regained control of about 70 percent of the country, according to the Observatory.

The war, which broke out after the bloody repression of anti-government protests in 2011, killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions of Syrians from their homes.

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