The United States military has said it carried out an attack against “al-Qaeda leaders” in north west Syria.

The US Central Command (CENTCOM) said in a statement on Saturday its attack in rebel-held Idlib province targeted leaders that were “responsible for attacks threatening US citizens, partners, and innocent civilians.”

“The removal of the facility will further degrade [al-Qaeda’s] ability to conduct future attacks and destabilize the region,” the statement added, without mentioning what kind of weaponry was used.

A war monitor said “at least 40” fighters were killed in what it called a missile strike.

The attack “targeted a meeting held by the leaders of Hurras al-Deen, Ansar al-Tawhid and other allied groups inside a training camp,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Saturday.

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