The deputy leader of al-Qaeda was the target of an air strike in the Syrian province of Idlib on Sunday, according to unconfirmed reports. It is not clear whether Abu al-Khayr al-Masri survived the attack.
The Egyptian is second-in-command to overall al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Syrian opposition activists, the Local Co-ordination Committees, posted photographs showing a car in which two people had been killed, it said.
The car, in the town of al-Mastuma, was targeted by “international coalition aircraft”, the group said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that an al-Qaeda official was killed in a strike, but did not confirm it was Abu al-Khayr al-Masri(BBC,2017).