Al-Qaeda’s leader killed in US drone strike

Al-Qaeda has confirmed that a top commander has been killed in a US drone strike in Yemen. The death of Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the organization’s leader in the Arabian Peninsula, was announced in an online video. Wuhayshi was al-Qaeda’s second-in-command and the former private secretary of Osama Bin Laden. He became head of Al-Qaeda in Yemen and the head of AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) in 2009, when Yemeni and Saudi branches merged. Since late January 2015, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has lost both lower ranking figures and high-profile people in US drone strikes, such as the religious and military official Nasser al-Ansi or the religious official Harith al-Nadhari. Therefore, as BBC Monitoring reports, jihadist circles whisper that AQAP has been infiltrated by spies owing to the precision and proximity of the attacks.

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