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Veteran al-Qaeda leader among 11 killed in Syria

Eleven al-Qaeda operatives, including a veteran leader and suicide bombing pioneer, were killed in a bombing raid in Syria, AFP reported Wednesday (February 8th).

Abu Hani al-Masri, the al-Qaeda veteran, was one of those killed in the precision airstrikes near Idlib carried out on February 3rd and 4th, the Pentagon said.

Al-Masri was an early official in al-Qaeda, overseeing the group's training camps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and 1990s as he worked with al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and current leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

There "he recruited, indoctrinated, trained and equipped thousands of terrorists who subsequently spread throughout the region and the world", the Pentagon said in a statement.

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