Al-Qaeda Confirms Number Two Leader Al-Musri Killed In U.S. Drone Strike

Thursday 2/3/2017, Al-Qaeda confirmed that a U.S.-led coalition drone strike killed its number two leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri in Syria.

In a statement released by the Islamist terrorist group through their pro-media Maghreb and Arabian Peninsula branches, the terror group admitted of their number two being killed in U.S. and coalition strikes.

Egypt-born Masri, 59, a longtime operative, was second-in-command to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and viewed as "jihadi royalty."

According to U.S. Defense officials, a Hellfire missile fired by a CIA drone, killed Musri on February 26.

Musri was killed while he was riding in a car near the northwest Syrian city of Idlib. Idlib is a bastion of Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate, Al-Nusra Front that changed its name to Fateh al-Sham Front.

Masri, also known as Abdullah Muhammad Rajab Abdulrahman, was the son-in-law of Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and a member of Al-Qaeda's shura council.

Masri sought refuge in Iran after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. He had been hunted by U.S. forces for almost 19 years.


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