US forces conduct strike against al-Qaeda near Idlib

US forces conduct strike against al-Qaeda near Idlib

The United States has confirmed a strike had been conducted against the al-Qaeda terrorist group (outlawed in Russia) outside the Syrian city of Idlib on Saturday, TASS reports.

"This operation targeted AQ-S leaders responsible for attacks threatening US citizens, our partners, and innocent civilians," Lieutenant Colonel Earl Brown, a US Central Command (CENTCOM) spokesman, told TASS.

According to Brown, the strike targeted a facility located north of Idlib.

"Additionally, the removal of this facility will further degrade their ability to conduct future attacks and destabilize the region," he said.

He pointed out that "Northwest Syria remains a safe haven where" militants "actively coordinate terrorist activities throughout the region and in the West."

"With our allies and partners, we will continue to target violent extremists to prevent them from using Syria as a safe haven," he added.