US hits al Qaeda leader in Syria
Egyptian al-Qaida veteran Abu Hani al-Masri was killed in a U.S. airstrike on Feb. 4 deep inside Syria, the Pentagon announced Wednesday.This is a significant blow to the terrorist organization. The fact that it took place in Syria demonstrates how widespread the operations of al Qaeda have become. It also underscores the complexity of terrorist organisations competing with each other and with various factions supporting the Assad regime and fighting ISIL.
Masri, a 30-year al-Qaida veteran, began his career as a founding member of the terrorist group Egyptian Islamic Jihad, which pioneered the use of suicide bombing. Sometime in the 1980s Masri made his way to Afghanistan where became a senior adviser to Osama bin-Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The Pentagon’s announcement of the death adds, Masri “oversaw the creation and operation of many al-Qaida training camps in Afghanistan in the 1980s and ’90s, where he recruited, indoctrinated, trained and equipped thousands of terrorists who subsequently spread throughout the region and the world.”