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Former Qaeda in Syria confirms a leader killed in raid

Syrian men search for people under the rubble of destroyed buildings following a reported air strike on the rebel-held northwestern city of IdlibThe jihadist Fateh al-Sham Front, formerly Al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, confirmed Monday that an air strike had killed a senior leader, after the Pentagon said it had targeted a “prominent” Al-Qaeda figure. “Ahmed Salama, known as Abu Faraj the Egyptian and a member of the shura (consultative council) of Fateh al-Sham Front, was martyred after a coalition air strike in the west of Idlib province,” the group said in a statement on the Telegram app. Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said a US strike had targeted a top Al-Qaeda leader on Monday, but he declined to discuss the target’s identity until officials could confirm the strike was successful.

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