Israeli agents killed No. 2 leader of Al Qaeda in Iran in August, NY Times reports


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A US official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, declined to confirm details of the Times story or say whether there was any US involvement. The White House National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Masri, one of the founding leaders of Al Qaeda, was killed along with his daughter, the widow of the son of former al Qaeda leader Hamza bin Laden, the Times reported.

Osama bin Laden orchestrated the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and was killed in an American raid on Pakistan in 2011.

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Shia Iran and Al-Qaeda, a Sunni Muslim militant organization, have long been enemies.

Masri had been held by Iran since 2003, but had been living freely in an upscale suburb of Tehran since 2015, according to the Times, citing unidentified U.S. intelligence officials.

U.S. counterterrorism officials believe Iran, also an American enemy, may have let them live there to conduct operations against U.S. targets, the Times said.

It was not immediately clear what impact, if any, Masri’s death had on Al Qaeda activities. Even though it has lost senior leaders in the nearly two decades since the attacks on New York and Washington, it has maintained active affiliates from the Middle East to Afghanistan to Africa. from West.


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