(ReliableNews.org) – Intelligence officials confirmed a hit-squad killed al Qaeda’s second-highest ranking leader in a secret mission carried out at United States officials’ request.
The New York Times reported on November 13 that two Israeli operatives on a motorcycle killed Abu Muhammad al-Masri three months ago in Iran. The assassins also killed his daughter and widow of one of Osama bin Laden’s sons.
Breaking News: Israeli agents shot Al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader on the streets of Tehran at the behest of the U.S., officials said. The killing was kept secret until now. https://t.co/tMQHqWIJvZ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 14, 2020
Ironically, his killing took place on the anniversary of a deadly August 7, 1998, attack on two American embassies in Africa, believed to have been led by al-Masri. Those attacks killed more than 200 people and injured hundreds.
His death came in the wake of the killing of fellow al Qaeda leader Khalid Aruri by a specially designed secret missile in Syria in June 2020. Additionally, Qassim al-Rimi, the founder of the Arabian Peninsula branch of the group, was killed in a January 2020 airstrike. Iran’s most powerful general, Qassim Suleimani, was also killed by a drone that month.
Neither the White House nor Israel responded to questions regarding the killing, and al Qaeda hasn’t officially acknowledged the death.
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