Japan Times reports today that the Pentagon issued a statement about a U.S. airstrike in Syria last month killed what the Defense Department describes as a senior al-Qaida leader who once had ties to Osama bin Laden.
Full details are given on the US Department of Defense website for those who wish to read them.
A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, identified the target as Haydar Kirkan. The spokesman says Kirkan oversaw the planning of attacks against Western targets outside of Syria, including in Turkey.Davis says a U.S. drone carried out the airstrike Oct. 17 in the vicinity of Idlib, in western Syria. A week later they hit al-Qaida targets in Yemen and Afghanistan.
The International Business Times reports that cost of U.S. airstrikes on the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq has exceeded $1 billion, according to multiple media reports citing a Defense Department representative. The U.S.-led coalition has carried out 1,371 airstrikes in the two Middle Eastern countries since its operations began last summer, a Pentagon representative confirmed.