Al-Qaida confirms U.S. drone strike has killed the leader of its Yemen affiliate

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Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) chief Nasser al-Wuhayshi is pictured in the militant stronghold town of Jaar, in the southern Abyan province, on April 28, 2012. Al-Qaeda freed on April 29 dozens of soldiers captured in battles in southern Yemen, as three suspected militants were killed in an air strike in the north of the country, local and security sources said. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida has confirmed that Nasir al-Wuhayshi, its No. 2 figure and leader of its powerful Yemeni affiliate, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

In a video statement released early Tuesday by the media wing of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the group confirmed his death and said his deputy, Qassim al-Rimi, has been named its new leader.

Al-Wuhayshi was the deputy of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri and once served as Osama bin Laden’s personal secretary.


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  • concerned

    Since when is Al Qaida a reliable source of information? WTF? I am sure they would have no reason to be deceptive and we should definitely stop looking for him.

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