US says airstrike killed 7 leaders of al-Qaida in Syria

U.S. Central Command says it conducted an airstrike in northwestern Syria that it believes killed seven senior leaders of an al-Qaida affiliate

A Central Command spokeswoman, Maj. Beth Riordan, said the strike was conducted Oct. 22. She did not identify the seven leaders by name.

“The removal of these AQ-S leaders will disrupt the terrorist organization’s ability to further plot and carryout global attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians,” she said.

The U.S. also conducted an airstrike against al-Qaida in Syria, near Idlib, on Oct. 15.