Reports reveal that two high-ranking al-Qaeda commanders were killed in a drone strike that took place in northwestern Syria last Sunday; One of them was of Jordanian origin while the other was from Yemen.
Two high-ranking al-Qaeda commanders were killed last Sunday in what was believed to be a US-led operation in northwestern Syria; specifically, the Idlib province. One of them was of Jordanian origin while the other was from Yemen.
The two individuals were part of what is known as al-Qaeda’s “Guardians of Religion” group before their vehicle was destroyed by an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) belonging to the US. This group is known for being one of the more infamous groups of them all. Among those killed is Qassam al-Urduni, AKA Qassam the Jordanian. The second man killed, from Yemen, is reported to have been the commander of their ‘desert army.’
UAV activity throughout Syria has been consistent over the last several months. Just about a year ago, the US struck an al-Qaeda compound in northern Syria where they said attacks were being planned against US forces. Additionally, Iran’s former commander of the their Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Qasseem Soleimani, was also killed in a US drone strike in January. This took place in Baghdad, Iraq.
Syria continues to be a hotspot for seemingly endless military conflict. As the civil war continues, Iran is weekly becoming more entrenched throughout the country resulting in more frequent Israeli strikes as well.