“We have no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike, which was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft,” CENTCOM spokesman Major John Rigsbee said in a statement on Friday evening.
Though the Rigsbee put the strike in “northwest” Syria, CENTCOM named Suluk – a town in the north, near the border with Turkey, as the location of the strike. According to the most recent maps of who controls what in Syria, Suluk is in the area controlled by Turkish-backed militants.
The “removal” of al-Matar will “disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carry out global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,” CENTCOM claimed.
According to the US military, Al-Qaeda “uses Syria as a safe haven to rebuild, coordinate with external affiliates, and plan external operations,” and “uses Syria as a base for threats reaching into Syria, Iraq and beyond.”
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