U.S. airstrike in Syria kills 'senior al-Qaeda leader,' CENTCOM says

Strike was carried out by drone, military says.
Site of an earlier U.S. airstrike in Syria, Sept. 2021

The United States military on Friday revealed that it had killed a "senior al-Qaeda leader" in Syria using a targeted drone strike. 

An airstrike in northeastern Syria "killed senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Hamid al-Matar," U.S. Central Command said in a press release.

"We have no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike, which was conducted using an MQ-9 aircraft," CENTCOM added. 

The release argued that al-Qaeda "uses Syria as a safe haven to rebuild, coordinate with external affiliates, and plan external operations."