A senior al Qaeda chief has been killed in a drone strike in Syria, U.S. protection officers confirmed to Fox News Thursday. 

Salim Abu-Ahmad was killed in a U.S. airstrike close to Idlib, Syria on Sept. 20. He was accountable for planning, funding, and approving trans-regional al Qaeda assaults. 

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), carrying a Hellfire missile flies over an air base after flying a mission in the Persian Gulf region. 

A U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial automobile (UAV), carrying a Hellfire missile flies over an air base after flying a mission within the Persian Gulf area. 
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“There are no indications of civilian casualties,” U.S. protection officers stated. 

The Associated Press reported Sept. 20 {that a} drone strike hit a automobile touring on a rural highway in rebel-controlled northwestern Syria, killing a minimum of one individual.

The Civil Defense group, referred to as White Helmets, stated the unidentified physique was lifted from the automotive alongside the Idlib-Binnish highway east of Idlib province. 

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U.S. Central Command stated American forces had performed a “kinetic counterterrorism strike” close to Idlib province concentrating on a senior chief of the militant group al Qaeda.

“Initial indications are that we struck the individual we were aiming for, and there are no indications of civilian casualties as a result of the strike,” stated Navy Lt. Josie Lynne Lenny in a statement

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights stated the automobile had been carrying a militant linked to al Qaeda. 

The U.S. has carried out assaults in Idlib earlier than, concentrating on al Qaeda militants and the chief of the Islamic State group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who was hiding within the province after fleeing from jap Syria.

The Associated Press contributed to this report