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U.S. Says Top Al-Qaeda Commander Killed In Air Strike In Syria

The United States says an air strike in Syria by the U.S.-led coalition has killed a top Al-Qaeda commander.

In an October 18 statement, the Pentagon said a Saudi national known as Sanafi al-Nasr was "a longtime jihadist experienced in funneling money and fighters" for the terrorist network.

The statement said coalition forces conducted the air strike on October 15 in northwest Syria.

Washington says Nasr was a leading figure in the Khorasan group -- a secretive cell of Al-Qaeda operatives who U.S. officials say were sent from Pakistan to Syria to plot attacks against the West.

"This operation deals a significant blow to the Khorasan group's plans to attack the United States and our allies, and once again proves that those who seek to do us harm are not beyond our reach," Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in a statement.

Nasr was designated a terrorist last year under sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council and the U.S. Treasury Department. He was also wanted by Saudi Arabia.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters