According to local reports, a US drone strike in northwest Syria’s Idlib province on Sunday killed two members of Huras al-Din, an Islamist militant group linked to al-Qaeda.
A US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesperson confirmed US responsibility for the rare strike. “US forces conducted a strike against al-Qaeda in Syria in Idlib, Syria, June 14, 2020,” Central Command spokesperson Navy Cmdr. Zachary Harrell told Al-Monitor via email. Harrell added, “AQ-S (al-Qaeda in Syria) continues to present a threat to America and our allies.”