Middle East

Senior al-Qaeda leader killed by US military drone strike

10:28, 23 October 2021
Senior al-Qaeda leader killed by US military drone strike Photo: Anas Alkharboutli/dpa/Global Look Press

A Senior al-Qaeda* leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar was killed in northern-east Syria in an airstrike on Friday, the United States Central Command reported.

According to the US military statement, the drone MQ-9 Reaper attacked the al-Qaeda base nearby the town of Suluk in the Raqqa province. It’s been reported, no civilians have been killed or injured.

“The removal of this al-Qaeda senior leader will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further the plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,” US Army Major John Rigsbee said in a statement.

American officials said that the radical movement uses the Syrian territory as a recovery shelter to threaten the official Syrian government and other countries in the Middle East. 

On October 20 at least 14 people among military personnel were killed and 30 were wounded in the explosions in Syria's capital, Damascus. 

The Civil war in Syria broke out in 2011 and is still ongoing. Many foreign troops including armed groups linked to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) take part in the conflict. 

More than a half of million people were killed during the war.

*Al-Qaeda and ISIL-K are terror organizations banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.