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US TARGETS AL-QAEDA IN SYRIA DESTROY BASE, KILLS OVER 20 MEMBERS

WASHINGTON, Two US airstrikes targeted a large Al-Qaeda base in northwestern Syria, killing over 20 militants and destroying eight vehicles and nine buildings belonging to the group, the Pentagon said on Thursday.

The strikes, conducted on January 1 and 3, targeted the headquarters in the area of Sarmada, located close to the Turkish border, spokesman Peter Cook told a briefing.

"Our initial assessment is that the January 1st strike killed five Al-Qaeda militants and destroyed two vehicles, and the January 3rd strike killed more than 15 militants, (and) destroyed six vehicles and nine structures."

The headquarters was used as a gathering place, where Al-Qaeda leaders met to plan terrorist operations, he said.

"Al-Qaeda remains committed to carrying out terrorist attacks against the United States, our interests, and our allies and friends," Cook underlined.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK