Al Qaeda Just Lost A Senior Member, Here’s What It Means For The Group

Al Qaeda has been on the United States’ radar for over a decade.

The group continues to be active in the Middle East, particularly in Somalia and Yemen.

But a recent loss for the group will have lasting consequences detrimental to the structure of the terror organization.

The second-in-command of Al Qaeda, who had close ties to Osama bin Laden, was killed yesterday by a United States drone.

United States officials have claimed he was killed in an attack planned by United States intelligence teams.

CNN reported:

“(CNN) Abu al Khayr al-Masri, the No. 2 man for al Qaeda behind leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been killed by a missile strike in Idlib, Syria, according to multiple sources.

 

Two US officials said al-Masri was killed in an attack directed by the US intelligence community.”

 

The death of one of their leaders is a detrimental loss for the extremist group, and the consequences that will result from it will play against their favor.

The Guardian reported:

“Hisham al-Hashimi, a Baghdad-based writer on Islamic groups, said Masri’s death was a serious blow to al-Qaida. “His death is no less significant than that of Bin Laden [who was killed by a US raid in Pakistan in May 2011],” Hashimi said. “He was the ideological leader of the group in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen and the number two in the organisation overall.”

Primarily, the death of al-Masri will contribute to the decline of the group and their structure as a whole.

The Guardian reported:

“The 59-year-old was killed by a drone strike on a car in Idlib, Syria, according to local reports. Middle East Institute scholar Charles Lister, a leading Washington-based analyst of the Syrian conflict, linked on Twitter to video said to be from the scene of the strike.

 

As a long-time member of al-Qaida’s central Shura council and one of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s closest long-time confidants, Abu al-Khayr was jihadi royalty, meaning his death will almost certainly necessitate some form of response, whether from Syria or elsewhere in the world.”

Before his death, al-Masri had already split apart from Al Qaeda, with supposed permission from the other leaders of the terrorist group.

But now, as a result of the weakening of the group, their senior leader is gone.

Al-Masri’s real name was al-Rahman, who covertly worked coordinating Al Qaeda’s work with other terrorist organizations.

CNN reported:

“In 2005, Abdullah Muhammad Abd Al-Rahman was designated by the US Treasury Department as a terror supporter. The department said he was responsible for coordinating al Qaeda’s work with other terrorist organizations. In 2016 the UN Security Council put him, along with 81 others, on a sanctions list.”

Without al-Rahman, aka al-Masri, to keep Al Qaeda tied with other radical terrorist troops, the group will be scrambling to reorganize and protect itself from timely attacks by both the U.K. and the U.S.

One thing is certain regarding the attack on the insurgent group: the Trump administration is far more effective than the Obama administration in terms of neutralizing threats.

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