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Published:April 8th, 2016 21:28 EST

Centcom: U.S. Airstrikes Targeted Original Al-Qaida Leaders

By SOP newswire3

The two U.S. counterterrorism airstrikes carried out in northwestern Syria this week on al-Qaida operatives were targeting leaders of the organization`s original gangsters, " U.S. Central Command spokesman Air Force Col. Pat Ryder told Pentagon reporters today.


Speaking from Centcom in Florida via teleconference, Ryder said the al-Qaida leaders appeared in northwestern Syria April 3 and April 5, and both airstrikes strictly focused on an al-Qaida threat, and were not related whatsoever to Centcom`s Operation Inherent Resolve campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Ryder confirmed the U.S. aircraft targeted original core senior leaders of al-Qaida, and not members of a splinter organization. The unilateral U.S. counterterrorism airstrikes were conducted after intelligence confirmed their appearance when they popped up " in that region of Syria.

The strikes this week were focused on key al-Qaida leaders who pose a threat to the United States, our allies and international security interests, " he said. When we have information and we`re able to act on it and conduct dynamic strikes or deliberate strikes in some cases against al-Qaida, we`re going to do it. "

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