Drone Strike Kills Al-Qaeda's Number Two Man

Drone Strike Kills Al-Qaeda's Number Two Man

Drone Strike Kills Al-Qaeda's Number Two Man

Earlier this month, al-Qaida senior member Abu Hani al-Masri was killed in a series of airstrikes in Syria, according to the U.S. Defense Department.

In the past two months, the US -led coalition have conducted drone strikes and air raids against al-Qaida linked officials and targets in Idlib province.

Al-Qaeda's second-in-command has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in northwest Syria, rebel leaders said on Monday.

Ahmad Hassan (Abu al-Khayr al-Masri), overall deputy to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, allegedly killed by a drone strike in #Syria.

The 59-year-old Egyptian national, the deputy of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Syria was also implicated in the 1998 bombings of two United States embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in which more than 200 people died.

Sherif Hazzaa, an Egyptian terrorist, said that al-Masri was dead and that he had spoken to him only a few days before in Syria.

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The importance of Masri's death is being hyped by some as the biggest death in al-Qaeda since Osama bin Laden.

Local sources said the target was Abu Khayr al-Masri, an Egyptian whose real name was Abdullah Mohammed Rajab Abdulrahman.

He was detained with several other Qaeda figures in 2003 in Iran and held until 2015, when they were traded for the release of an Iranian diplomat who had been seized by Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch.

Officials of counter-terrorism organisation SITE said that the killing is "another blow to organisation's (Al Qaeda) stance in the country (Syria)".

"As a long-time member of al-Qaeda's central Shura council and one of Ayman al-Zawahiri's closest long-time confidants, [al-Masri] was jihadi royalty, meaning his death will nearly certainly necessitate some form of response, whether from Syria or elsewhere in the world".

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