CENTCOM: President Bashar al-Assad Meeting Was Targeted by Syrian Officials

The commando strike in Syria targeted the leader of Al-Qaeda in Syria and his deputy, according to a CENTCOM press release issued Monday night. The strike came after the two men made “an attempt…

CENTCOM: President Bashar al-Assad Meeting Was Targeted by Syrian Officials

The commando strike in Syria targeted the leader of Al-Qaeda in Syria and his deputy, according to a CENTCOM press release issued Monday night.

The strike came after the two men made “an attempt to assassinate the Syrian president” at a meeting of senior regime officials in Damascus, Central Command officials said in the release.

CENTCOM officials provided no further information on the location of the strike.

Central Command said in its statement that “in a future press release, additional details will be provided regarding the target, who was targeted, and how and why the strike was conducted.”

The information about the strike was first published by the Wall Street Journal.

Al-Qaeda has been battling the Assad regime and battling rival Islamic militants in Syria’s civil war.

Al-Qaeda in Syria was split in two when the two leading figures decided to quit the terrorist group in July, deciding to create a new entity. The break occurred amid reports that the group, inspired by Islamic State, was inching closer to creating a more “pure” form of terrorism under the leadership of Omar al-Shishani, also known as “The Chechen,” who spent five years fighting against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

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