The US military announced, on Thursday, that it had launched an air strike against leaders of the “Al Qaeda” organization, northwestern Syria, in a strike that killed 14 militants, including 6 leaders.The US Central Command (Sentcom) said in a statement that “the American forces launched a strike targeting a group of senior Al-Qaeda officials in Syria who were meeting near Idlib.”
She added, “Eliminating these leaders of al-Qaeda in Syria will reduce the organization’s ability to plan and carry out attacks that threaten American citizens, their partners and innocent civilians,” while the statement did not specify the number of deaths the raid had.
For his part, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel-Rahman, based in Britain, said, “The bombing was carried out by a drone and targeted a dinner in the village of Jakara in the Salqin countryside near the Syrian-Turkish border, killing 14 militants, including 6 leaders.”
He stated that “among the dead were 5 gunmen of a nationality other than Syria,” noting that 3 of the dead belonged to the “Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham”, including two leaders of the first row.
According to the Observatory, the raid targeted “a meeting that included leaders from the Headquarters for the Liberation of Al-Sham and other militants in a farm in the village of Jakara.”
For its part, “Ibaa Network”, the spokeswoman for Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, said that “a drone strike targeted a tent belonging to one of the dignitaries in the town of Jakara in the western countryside of Idlib,” which caused deaths and injuries, whose number was not specified.
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