On Monday, the United States military said that it had conducted out what it called a “kinetic attack” in the Syrian province of Idlib. The strike was aimed at a commander of the jihadist organisation Hurras Al-Din, which is an Al-Qaeda branch.
According to a statement released by the United States Central Command, “Abu Hamzah al Yemeni was riding alone on a motorbike at the time of the hit.”
According to Centcom’s statement, “the elimination of this top commander will impede Al-capacity Qaeda’s to carry out operations against US people, our allies, and innocent civilians throughout the globe.”
CNN was told by a US official who had knowledge of the operation that the United States has “high confidence” that Abu Hamzah al Yemeni was killed by the strike that was carried out from a drone. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss the operation.
This was the second time in June that the United States had carried out an operation in Syria aimed at a prominent extremist.
During an operation on June 16 in the province of Aleppo, United States soldiers were able to seize Daesh organisation commander Hani Ahmed Al-Kurdi.
During an operation that took place on February 3 in the district of Atme in Idlib province, they were also successful in eliminating the Daesh commander Abu Ibrahim Al-Hashimi Al-Qurashi.