Al-Qaeda commander killed in airstrike
18 October 2015, 16:18
Tel Aviv — The U.S. military is confirming that an airstrike in Syria by the U.S.-led coalition has killed a top al-Qaida commander.
The Pentagon says a Saudi national known as Sanafi al-Nasr was "a longtime jihadist experienced in funneling money and fighters" for the terrorist network.
A statement from the U.S. Defense Department says coalition forces conducted the airstrike on Thursday over northwest Syria.
The U.S. says he was a leading figure in the Khorasan group — a secretive cell of al-Qaida operatives who U.S. officials say were sent from Pakistan to Syria to plot attacks against the West.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the military operation "deals a significant operation" to the Khorasan group's plans to attack the U.S. and its allies.
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