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Al Qaeda operatives killed by U.S. airstrikes in Syria, Pentagon says

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says two U.S. airstrikes in Syria last week killed 11 al Qaeda operatives, including one with ties to Osama bin Laden and other senior al Qaeda leaders.

A spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said a single airstrike on Feb. 3 killed 10 operatives in a building used as an al Qaeda meeting site.

A second strike the next day killed Abu Hani al-Masri, identified by the Pentagon as an al Qaeda operative who oversaw the creation and operation of al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s. Davis said al-Masri had ties to bin Laden and to Ayman al-Zawahiri, who became the top leader of al Qaeda when bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in 2011.

Both U.S. airstrikes were near Idlib in northwestern Syria.

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