Senior Al Qaeda official found and killed by US and Israel: report

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The United States coordinated with Israel to track down and kill Al Qaeda’s No. 2 official in a Tehran shootout in August, on Associated press reported on Saturday. the New York Times reported Friday that two Israeli agents were acting at the behest of the United States when they shot and killed Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, from a motorcycle on August 7, the seventh anniversary of the bombings. the bomb against the American embassies in Africa.

His daughter, the widow of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden, was also killed.

Former current and US officials told the PA that the US had provided information to Israel on where it could find Abdullah and the alias he was using.

An intelligence community official and a former CIA officer briefed on the matter told the media outlet he was killed by Kidon, a unit within the Israeli spy organization Mossad that deals with the killings high value targets.

The intelligence community official also told AP his daughter Maryam was a target because the United States believed she was prepared for a leadership role in Al Qaeda and intelligence suggested she was involved in operational planning.

La Colline has contacted the White House, the CIA and the National Security Council for comment.

Abdullah’s death had been rumored for months, but was not confirmed until Friday. At the time, it was not clear to what extent the United States was involved in his death.

Abdullah was one of the founding members of Al Qaeda and was reportedly the second in command of the current leader of the insurgent group Ayman al-Zawahri.

The United States had a bounty of $ 10 million on its head for the attacks of 1998.

Iran initially tried to cover up the murder, claiming the dead man was Habib Daoud, a Lebanese history professor and member of Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shiite militant group funded by Tehran.



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