The United States said on Monday that it has killed seven senior leaders of al-Qaida in Syria in an airstrike last week as the leaders were meeting near Idlib.
A Central Command spokeswoman, Major Beth Riordan, was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the air strike was conducted on October 22. However, she did not identify the seven leaders by name.
"The removal of these AQ-S leaders will disrupt the terrorist organisation's ability to further plot and carryout global attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians," she was quoted as saying.
"AQ-S takes advantage of the instability in northwest Syria to establish and maintain safe havens to coordinate terrorist activities," she said.
She further said: "With our allies and partners, we will continue to target al-Qaida and other terrorist organizations."
The US also conducted an airstrike against al-Qaida in Syria, near Idlib, on October 15.
(With inputs from AP)
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