Military Times reported on the Central Command of the US Army that the senior Al-Qaeda official who was killed in the US raid near Idlib on September 20 last year; Salim Abu Ahmed is responsible for planning, financing, and approving al-Qaeda’s attacks.
The website added – quoting a spokesman for the Central Command – that there were no indications of civilian casualties during the raid.
“The raid falls within the framework of what he described as US operations to undermine international terrorist networks and target terrorist leaders who seek to attack the United States, its interests and its allies abroad,” the spokesman said.
On September 20, the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) announced that the US military had carried out an air strike by drone near the city of Idlib (northern Syria), against a senior al-Qaeda leader, without naming him.
The New York Times revealed that the US forces used a secret weapon during the operation called the “Ninja Hellfire” missile.
The newspaper reported that the missile’s explosive warhead was replaced with long blades that target the victim while reducing the risks to nearby civilians.
According to a report prepared by United Nations monitors, Jabhat al-Nusra in Syria remains one of the most powerful and largest al-Qaeda affiliates in the world, and its fighters resort to threats, violence and material incentives to join small armed groups.
Jabhat al-Nusra is classified on the list of international terrorist organizations, despite its announcement in the summer of 2015 to disassociate itself from al-Qaeda and to change its name to Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, which is the main component of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, which was born after the merger of Jabhat Fateh al-Sham with other Islamic factions in early 2017.