The Pentagon has confirmed that top Al Qaeda leader Salim Abu-Ahmad was killed in a US drone strike in Syria, saying no civilians were injured after a failed strike in Syria. Afghanistan had killed 10 innocent people, including seven children.
The strike against Abu-Ahmad was carried out on September 20 in the Syrian province of Idlib, where a vehicle traveling on a rural road in rebel-controlled territory was hit, but the identity of the target has not been confirmed. than Thursday.
The United States Central Command did not immediately respond to a request from DailyMail.com regarding the air assets used in the strike.
“Salim Abu-Ahmad was responsible for planning, funding and approving al-Qaeda’s cross-regional attacks,” Army Maj.John Rigsbee, a CENTCOM spokesman, said Thursday.
The Pentagon has confirmed that top al-Qaeda leader Salim Abu-Ahmad was killed in a US drone strike in Syria. The aftermath of the September 20 strike is seen above
The charred vehicle, split in the middle, lay by the side of the rural road in an orchard
Smoke rises in the distance at the site of the September 20 strike that killed Abu-Ahmad
“There is no indication of civilian casualties as a result of the strike. This strike continues American operations aimed at degrading international terrorist networks and targeting terrorist leaders who seek to attack the American homeland, its interests and its allies abroad, ”he added.
Little is known about Abu-Ahmad, whose name does not appear to appear on US or European sanctions lists of known terrorists.
The strike in Syria came hours before the Pentagon announced that an Air Force general officer would investigate the failed August 29 drone strike in Afghanistan that killed an innocent aid worker and seven children .
The drone strikes on foreign terrorist suspects have sparked controversy for years, garnering both support and condemnation.
Former President Donald Trump presented his January 2020 strike, killing Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, as one of his landmark achievements in power.
Following the strike in Syria last week, the Syrian Civil Defense Team, known as the White Helmets, said an unidentified body was removed from the car along the Idlib-Binnish road. east of Idlib province.
The charred vehicle, split in the middle, lay by the side of the rural road in an orchard.
The strike was carried out near the town of Binnish in northwestern Syria
This photo taken on September 20, 2021 shows a vehicle destroyed in a U.S. drone strike on the northeastern outskirts of the rebel-held city of Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Wreckage is visible in the aftermath of the drone strike on the northeastern outskirts of the rebel-held town of Idlib in northwestern Syria
US Central Command later said US forces carried out a “kinetic counterterrorism strike” near Idlib province targeting a senior leader of the militant group Al Qaeda, whom they did not initially identify.
“The first indications are that we have hit the individual we were targeting, and there is no indication of civilian casualties as a result of the strike,” Navy Lt. Josie Lynne Lenny said in a statement.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the vehicle was carrying an activist from one of the radical groups operating in the province. The Observatory did not identify the group but said it was linked to Al Qaeda.
The United States has previously carried out attacks in Idlib, targeting Al Qaeda militants and ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was in hiding in the province after fleeing eastern Syria.
A drone is seen in Idlib province at the time of the September 20 strike
The Syrian Civil Defense Team, known as the White Helmets, said an unidentified body was lifted from the car along the Idlib-Binnish road in eastern Idlib province
Large parts of Idlib and the neighboring province of Aleppo remain in the hands of the Syrian armed opposition, dominated by radical groups, including Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, once linked to al-Qaeda.
The Idlib region is dominated by the former Al Qaeda affiliate, but other rebels and jihadists are also present.
There are also over 4 million civilians living in the region, most of them displaced by previous episodes of violence in the 10-year conflict in Syria.
Jihadist factions have been the target of Syrian, Russian, American and international coalition strikes in the past.
Nine jihadists were killed in October 2019 in Russian airstrikes on Idlib province, while an American strike a month earlier killed at least 40 jihadist leaders.
The Syrian government has pledged to restore control of all territories beyond its control, but a ceasefire negotiated last year in Idlib has been tenaciously held.
The war in Syria has killed around half a million people since the start of 2011 with a brutal crackdown on anti-government protests, turning into a complex battlefield involving foreign armies, militias and jihadists.
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