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US forces conducted an airstrike that killed a major al-Qaeda operative

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The U.S. Department of Defense announced in a statement today that U.S. forces conducted an airstrike on Oct. 17 in the Marib Governate in Syria that killed Haydar Kirkdan, a longtime facilitator of terror attacks in Syria, Turkey and Europe. 

The DOD reiterated its commitment to fighting al-Qaeda in all its forms, as the organization continues to plot attacks against the West. 

Kirkdan had ties to al-Qaeda's senior leaders, including Osama bin Laden. 

He planned many of the group's important terror missions in Syria and was responsible for facilitating al-Qaeda's movements in both Turkey and Europe. 

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