Just days after the United States admitted killing civilians instead of terrorists in a drone strike in Afghanistan, the U.S. military launched a strike to kill a top terror official in Syria.
U.S. Central Command said Monday it carried out the airstrike near Idlib, targeting a leader with the al-Qaida terror group.
“Initial indications are that we struck the individual we were aiming for,” Central Command spokeswoman Lieutenant Josie Lynne Lenny said in a statement.
“There are no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike,” she said.
Pentagon officials confirmed the strike but were unable to share additional details.
Jihadis posting on social media Monday said the strike killed two officials with the al-Qaida affiliate Hurras al-Din.
According to SITE Intelligence Group, the posts said the U.S. strike killed Abu Hamza al-Yemeni, a military commander, as well as a second official named Abu al-Bara’ al-Tunisi.