US airstrike kills al-Qaeda leader in Syria: Pentagon

Published July 22nd, 2015 - 06:24 GMT

A US military strike earlier this month in Syria killed a senior al-Qaeda leader with a $7 million bounty on his head, senior US military officials said Tuesday.

Muhsin al-Fadhli, 34, was a Kuwaiti-born member of the Khorasan extremist group, a collection of senior al-Qaeda members in Syria. He allegedly organized the group's terror attacks outside the country, particularly in the West.

"His death will degrade and disrupt ongoing external operations of al-Qaeda against the United States and our allies and partners," Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said in a statement.

The airstrike, which took place July 8, struck a vehicle al-Fadhli was traveling in near Sarmada, Syria, ABC News reported.

Al-Fadhli was one of the "few trusted al-Qaeda leaders that received advanced notification of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks," Davis said.

By Danielle Haynes

This story has been edited from the source material.


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