Pentagon says air strike killed 'senior al Qaeda leader' in Syria

'Abu Afghan Al-Masri had ties to terrorist groups operating throughout Southwest Asia'

Reuters November 22, 2016
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook conducts a press briefing at the Pentagon, Aug. 25, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: An air strike carried out by the United States last week killed Abu Afghan Al-Masri, a "senior al Qaeda leader," near Sarmada, Syria, on Nov 18, Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said on Tuesday.

Cook, speaking during a press briefing, told reporters that Al-Masri, an Egyptian, originally joined al Qaeda in Afghanistan and later moved to its Syrian affiliate.

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"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.


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