Al Qaeda confirms death of spokesman

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Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate confirmed on Wednesday the death of its spokesman Abu Firas al-Suri in a US air strike earlier this week.

In a statement circulated on Twitter, Al-Nusra Front said Suri and other members “were killed during a Crusader (Western) air strike… on April 3, 2016”. It said the raid had hit a training camp, but did not specify where in Syria.

On Monday, the Pentagon said the US military conducted an air raid on an Al-Nusra meeting in northwest Syria the previous day but could not confirm whether Suri had been killed.