Senior al-Qaeda leader killed in Syria
A US drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in Syria who previously operated in Afghanistan, the Defence Department announced. The November 18 strike near Sarmada in northwestern Syria targeted Abu Afghan al-Masri, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said. Al-Masri was an Egyptian who originally joined al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and later moved to its Syrian affiliate, Mr Cook said. He was high on the US wanted list.