US air strike killed ‘senior al Qaeda leader’


Washington—A “senior al-Qaeda leader” in Syria was killed last week by a US air strike, according to the Pentagon.
The killing of Egyptian Abu Afghan al-Masri took place near Sarmada, located in Syria’s Idlib province, on November 18, Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook told reporters on Tuesday. Cook said that Masri had originally joined al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and later moved to its Syrian affiliate.
“He had ties to terrorist groups operating throughout southwest Asia including groups responsible for attacking US and coalition forces in Afghanistan and those plotting to attack the West,” Cook said. Masri was a religious judge in Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, an armed group formerly known as the al-Nusra Front until its formal break with al-Qaeda earlier this year. The air strike was the latest in the US programme of targeted killings in Syria and Iraq.—INP