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Feb 26, 2017 | 23:56 GMT

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Syria: Al Qaeda Deputy Killed In Apparent Drone Strike

The suspected deputy of al Qaeda was killed Feb. 26 in Idlib province, northern Syria, in what was likely a U.S. drone strike, according to social media reports. Images surfaced of a vehicle with a large hole in its roof, apparently from a targeted strike. The target, Abu Khayr al-Masri, was involved in a number of terrorist attacks over the years, including the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998. The United States has been ramping up airstrikes on Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, an al Qaeda front in Syria and a group that has been attracting more recruits and other rebel groups into its orbit. 

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