Al-Qaeda chief in Pakistan killed in drone strike

Al-Qaida‘s chief of operations in Pakistan, a former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, has been killed in a CIA drone strike in the tribal belt, senior US officials have said.

If confirmed, the death of Abu Hafs al-Shahri, a 29-year-old Saudi militant, would mark a further blow to al-Qaida four months after the loss of its leader.

Earlier this week a top US defence official said that at the current rate of US operations al-Qaida’s operational capabilities could be broken within 18 months. Analysts caution that estimate could be over-optimistic.

The Guardian

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