Middle East

US attacks al-Qaeda leader by drones

17:18, 04 December 2021
US attacks al-Qaeda leader by drones

The United States attacked one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda* in Syria on December 3, Fox News channel reported.

"The strike was conducted using a precision strike method from MQ-9 aircraft," the official spokesman of the US Armed Forces command Bill Urban said.

The leader of the radical group was attacked by a drone near the city of Idlib in the northwest of the country. According to Urban, the initial analysis showed the possibility of civilian casualties. 

"We abhor the loss of innocent life and take all possible measures to prevent them. We are initiating a full investigation of the allegations and will release the results when appropriate," Urban added.

On September 20, the US military attacked one of the high-ranking leaders of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization near the city of Idlib as well. The Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said that the target was probably eliminated and "there is no reason to assume the presence of civilian casualties."

Earlier, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the American intelligence community assessed the current situation of the Al-Qaeda terrorist group. According to him,  the organization has greatly degraded.

*Al-Qaeda is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.