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The Latest: Al-Qaida confirms its No. 2 killed in US strike

BEIRUT (AP) - The Latest developments on the ground in Syria and at the Geneva peace talks. (all times local):

7:40 p.m.

Al-Qaida has confirmed that its deputy leader, known as Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria.

The group praised al-Masri as a hero and "wise leader" with a "long career of contributions" to holy war, or jihad, in a statement on Thursday.

It says he was killed in a "Crusader strike" in Syria, calling it "another in the crimes of

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