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CENTCOM Confirms Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaeda Leader In Syria

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CENTCOM Confirms Drone Strike Targeted Al-Qaeda Leader In Syria

CENTCOM says civilian casualties are a possibility

By Andrew Mark Miller

The United States military conducted a drone strike in Syria targeting a senior al-Qaeda leader and planner, a CENTCOM spokesperson says.

"U.S. forces conducted a kinetic strike near Idlib, Syria, December 3, targeting a senior al-Qaeda leader and planner," CENTCOM spokesperson Captain Bill Urban told Fox News Digital in a statement. "The strike was conducted using a precision strike method from MQ-9 aircraft."

Urban added that an "initial review of this strike indicates the potential for possible civilian casualties."

"We abhor the loss of innocent life and take all possible measures to prevent them. The possibility of a civilian casualty was immediately self-reported to U.S. Central Command. We are initiating a full investigation of the allegations and will release the results when appropriate," Urban added.

CENTCOM says it will reveal the results of the strike "when appropriate."

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.

News of the strike comes days after Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered a renewed investigation into a 2019 airstrike in Syria that resulted in the deaths of civilians after the attack was first reported in detail by the New York Times earlier this month.

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