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Top Qaeda leader among 11 killed in Syria: Pentagon

DAMASCUS: Top Al-Qaeda leader among 11 operatives were killed in Syria during two air strikes carried out by United States, said Pentagon on Wednesday.

Pentagon claimed to have killed Abu Hani al-Masri in February 4 airstrike near Idlib in Western Syria. “Al-Masri oversaw the creation and operation of many al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and ’90s, where he recruited, indoctrinated, trained and equipped thousands of terrorists who subsequently spread throughout the region and the world,” the Pentagon statement said.

While 10 other al-Qaeda members were killed in a strike on Friday at a building used as a meeting place.