Qaeda Confirms Coalition Strike Killed Top Leader in Syria

تم نشره في Thu 2 March / Mar 2017. 01:00 AM
  • Syrian opposition activists posted this photo which shows the car targeted, they say - (Local Coordination Committees)

CAPITALS — Qaeda has confirmed that top leader Abul Khayr Masri, believed to be the organisation's number two, was killed in an air strike by the US-led coalition in Syria.

In a statement two branches of the jihadist group, including the powerful Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), called Masri a "hero" and said he was killed "during a Crusader drone strike" in Syria.

A US official said this week that Washington was investigating reports that he had been killed in a US strike in or around the city of Idlib in northern Syria.