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2019-07-02 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
U.S. Says Targeted al-Qaida in Northwest Syria
Confirming the Americans dunnit in this story from yesterday.
[AnNahar] The United States said Monday it carried out a strike in northwestern Syria a day earlier that a monitor reported had killed eight jihadists, including commanders, from an al-Qaeda-linked group.

"U.S. forces conducted a strike against al-Qaeda in Syria (AQ-S) leadership at a training facility near Aleppo Province, Syria, June 30, 2019," U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

"This operation targeted AQ-S operatives responsible for plotting external attacks threatening U.S. citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians," it said, using an acronym for al-Qaeda in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britannia-based war monitor, said six commanders were among the slain jihadists from the Hurras al-Deen
...which apparently is Arabic for "Guardians of Religion"...
group in Aleppo province.

The killed commanders included two Tunisians, two Algerians, an Egyptian and a Syrian, the Observatory added.

"With our allies and partners, we will continue to target ISIS and al-Qaeda to prevent both groups from using Syria as a safe haven," U.S. Central Command said, using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....

Hurras al-Deen maintains ties to al-Qaeda and fights alongside the global jihadist network's former Syria branch, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, formerly al-Nusra, before that it was called something else
...al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, from which sprang the Islamic State...
-- which dominates most of Idlib province as well as parts of neighbouring Hama, Aleppo and Latakia.

The U.S. has targeted jihadists in Syria's northwest, but the strikes appear to have petered out since 2017.

Hurras al-Deen was established in February 2018 and has some 1,800 fighters, including non-Syrians, according to the Observatory.
And now they have fewer.
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