Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group.
Reportedly, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman was killed in Pakistan which is another big shock to a terrorist group that the US believes to be on the verge of defeat, a senior Obama administration official said Saturday.
The Libyan national who was the network’s former operational leader rose to Al Qaeda’s No 2 spot after the US killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden during a raid on his compound in May.
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month that Al Qaeda’s defeat was within reach if the US could mount a string of successful attacks on the group’s weakened leadership.
Al-Rahman was killed Aug 22 in the tribal region of Waziristan, according to an official, who insisted on anonymity to discuss intelligence issues, the report said.
The official did not confirm how al-Rahman was killed but his death came on the same day that a CIA drone strike was reported in Waziristan. Such strikes by unmanned aircraft were Washington’s weapon of choice for killing terrorists in the mountainous, hard-to-reach area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Al-Rahman, believed to be in his mid-30s, was a close confidant of bin Laden and once served as bin Laden’s emissary to Iran. Born in Libya, al-Rahman joined bin Laden as a teenager in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union.
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