Pentagon says airstrike in Syria killed an al-Qaida leader

nasrWASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike in Syria this month killed what the Defense Department describes as a senior al-Qaida leader who once had ties to Osama bin Laden.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, identifies the target as Haydar Kirkan. The spokesman says Kirkan oversaw the planning of attacks against Western targets outside of Syria, including in Turkey.

Davis says a U.S. drone carried out the airstrike Oct. 17 in the vicinity of Idlib, in western Syria.

The U.S. has previously announced that in the week after that airstrike, it hit al-Qaida targets in Yemen and Afghanistan.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.