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Abdul Hamid al-Matar's death has been confirmed by the US military. It comes two days after a US outpost in Syria was attacked.
The US military announced late Friday it had killed a senior al-Qaida leader during a drone strike near the Suluk town in Syria.
"A US airstrike today in northwest Syria killed senior al-Qaida leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar," Central Command spokesman Army Major John Rigsbee said in a statement. He added it was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft.
"The removal of this al-Qaida senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization's ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians," the statement added.
A US outpost in southern Syria was attacked two days ago, but the statement did not say whether the drone strike was carried out in retaliation.
In September, another al-Qaida commander, Salim Abu-Ahmad, was killed in an airstrike in Idlib in the northwestern province.
"Al-Qaida continues to present a threat to America and our allies. Al-Qaida uses Syria as a safe haven to rebuild, coordinate with external affiliates, and plan external operations," the statement said.
tg/jsi (AFP, Reuters)