Highlights:

  • A senior leader of al Qaeda, Salim Abu-Ahmad has been killed in a US drone strike in Syria
  • Abu-Ahmed was killed in the September 20 drone strike near Idlib in Syria
  • Earlier, Washington had conducted attacks in the Idlib region

A senior leader of the al Qaeda terror outfit, Salim Abu-Ahmad has been reportedly killed in a US drone strike in Syria last month. According to reports, the US Central Command (Centcom) informed that Abu-Ahmed was killed in the September 20 drone strike near Idlib in Syria, noting that there were zero civilian casualties this time.

While speaking to a media outlet, Centcom spokesperson Major John Rigsbee said that Salim Abu-Ahmed was a notorious al Qaeda leader responsible for “planning, funding, and approving” a multitude of ‘trans-regional’ attacks. He clarified, “There are no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike.” He further added that the United States will continue to aim for international terrorist networks abroad whose action risks its interests and allies across the world.

Earlier on September 20, it was reported quoting rescue workers and a war monitor that the US drone strike in rebel-controlled north-western Syria hit a vehicle traveling on a rural road and that at least one person was injured in the white house. White Helmets, which is a civil defence team, informed that the ‘unidentified body’ was lifted from the car along Idlib-Binnish road east of the Idlib province in Syria. The vehicle which was split from the middle laid on the side of the rural road in an orchid.

The US central command later affirmed that the American forces had conducted a “kinetic counterterrorism strike” near the Idlib province aiming for a senior leader of al Qaeda. In a statement, US navy lieutenant Josie Lynne Lenny noted that “initial indications are that we struck the individual we were aiming for, and there are no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike.”

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported that the vehicle carried “a militant from one of the radical groups operating in the province”. It added that it was “linked to al Qaeda”. Earlier, Washington had conducted attacks in the Idlib region prior to targeting al Qaeda terrorists and the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al- Baghdadi.

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