Al Qaeda’s Third in Command, Shaikh Sa’id al-Masri, Killed
June 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The third officer in command of the terrorist organization al-Qaeda, referred to as the group’s chief operating officer, has been killed in Pakistan, say U.S. officials. Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid, also known as Shaikh Sa’id al-Masri, is believed to have been killed about a week-ago.
According to a report by ABC News, Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri’s death marks the highest level of an al-Qaeda operative taken out by the Obama administration:
“Word is spreading in extremist circles of the death of Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri, widely viewed as the number three figure in al-Qaeda,” a US official told ABC News. “We have strong reason to believe that’s true, and that al-Masri was killed recently in Pakistan’s tribal areas. In terms of counterterrorism, this would be a big victory.”
The late terrorist managed the day-today operations of al-Qaeda under the direction of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri:
“Al-Masri was the group’s chief operating officer,” the official said, “with a hand in everything from finances to operational planning. He was also the organization’s prime conduit to Bin Ladin and Zawahiri. He was key to al-Qaeda’s command and control.”
Members of Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri’s family are also believed to have perished, from what is being reported as a missile strike.
Source: ABC News