Aleppo, Syria – Senior U.S. officials said that the American-led strikes in Syria claimed the life of a top bomb-maker in the ranks of the al-Nusra Front (Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) on Thursday.
The international coalition fighter jets targeted the militants’ main stronghold in the town of Armada in northwestern Syria, killing several al Nusra militants including the bomb-maker David Drugeon, a French militant.
Meanwhile, activists reported that some Syria rebel fighters were also injured during Thursday’s strikes in northern Syria.
“He is clearly one of the leadership elements and one of the most dangerous elements in that organization,” Austin said. “And so any time we can take their leadership out, it’s a good thing,” said Gen. Lloyd Austin, commander of the U.S. General Command.
One of the U.S. officials said Drugeon’s bomb-making skills were nearly as worrisome as those of Ibrahim al-Asiri, a member of al-Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate who has built three nonmetallic devices that were smuggled onto U.S.-bound jet liners.
Drudgeon, a convert to Islam believed to be 24, spent three years fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan before coming to Syria in late 2012 or early 2014, U.S. officials have said.
Reporting by: Haya al-Abdulah
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