U.S. Drone Strike in Syria Kills Top Al-Qaeda Leader

(Guardian-UK) Martin Chulov and Tom McCarthy - Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, 59, who has been part of al-Qaeda for three decades and was a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, was killed on Sunday when a missile fired from a U.S. drone hit his car in northwest Syria, jihadi leaders have said. Hisham al-Hashimi, a Baghdad-based writer on Islamic groups, said Masri "was the ideological leader of the group in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and the number two in the organization overall." Masri has been implicated in the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya in which more than 200 people died.

2017-02-28 00:00:00

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