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Pentagon Confirms Death of Top al-Qaida Operative

The Pentagon on Thursday confirmed the death of a prominent al-Qaida leader who was targeted this week in a coalition airstrike in Syria. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said a U.S. strike near Idlib on Monday killed Abu al-Farai al-Masri. Cook called al-Masri's death "a significant disruption to al-Qaida senior leadership" and "a blow to their ability to plot external attacks." Al-Masri was a former companion of now-deceased al-Qaida leader Ayman...

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