Al-Qaeda’s number two lieutenant, Abu Khayr al-Masri, was killed by a U.S. drone, while travelling in Idlib, Syria. Al-Masri was deputy to Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of the terrorist organization.
It was believed that he was running operation in Syria after being released from custody in Iran in September 2015. Originally an Egyptian national, he became a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, before travelling to Europe to fight in the Bosnian war during the 1990s. It’s believed that he took part in 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya. He later was forced to flee Afghanistan in 2001, when the U.S. invaded, having becoming an Al-Qaeda operative.
An expert in explosives and the number two ranking member of the terrorist organization, he was thought to be inside a car which was targeted by U.S. forces. Photos of the destroyed car were posted on Twitter last Sunday, as reported by the Daily Caller:
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