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Drone Strike Kills Islamic State Leader in Syria, US Says

  • Biden says strike ‘sends a powerful message’ to terrorists
  • Military says ‘initial review’ shows no civilian casualties
The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.

The Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.

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The US military said it killed a top Islamic State leader and seriously wounded another in a drone strike in Syria.

US Central Command said it killed Maher al-Agal, described as one of the terrorist organization’s five most senior leaders and its top official in Syria. It said that he had pushed to expand the organization’s development outside Iraq and Syria.