Jun 27, 2022 - World

U.S. strike in Syria kills top terrorist leader

A  of the citadel of Harem, perched on a hill on the border with Turkeyin Syria's northwestern Idlib province, on December 23, 2020.

An aerial photograph of Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Photo: Omar Haj Kadour/AFP via Getty Images

A U.S.-led drone strike in Syria's Idlib province killed a senior leader of an Al Qaeda-aligned terrorist group on Monday, the U.S. military said, per AP.

Driving the news: Abu Hamzah al Yemeni, a senior leader of Hurras al-Din, was traveling alone on a motorcycle in the northwestern province at the time of the strike, according to a United States Central Command (CENTCOM) statement.

What they're saying: "The removal of this senior leader will disrupt Al-Qaeda's ability to carry out attacks against US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians around the world," continued the statement.

  • "Initial review indicates no civilian casualties," CENTCOM added.
  • CENTCOM did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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