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US kills two al-Qaeda affiliates in northwest Syria

A US drone struck a vehicle carrying two senior commanders of Huras al-Din, one a Jordanian leader and the other a Yemeni leader of the al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group.
A man rides a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held town of Nairab, Idlib region, Syria April 17, 2020. Picture taken April 17, 2020.  REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi - RC2C8G9K3BBG

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.”

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