Al Qaeda Chief Al Wuhayshi Killed in US Drone Strike. BBC News: Al-Qaeda has confirmed that Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of its offshoot in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed in a US drone strike in Yemen. Nasser al-Wuhayshi was a major global figure among jihadists – even supporters of al-Qaeda’s rival Islamic State viewed Wuhayshi with respect.
Al Qaeda Chief Al Wuhayshi Killed in US Drone Strike
According to reports, in August 2013 Wuhayshi was appointed deputy of al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, a sign of the extent of his influence.
As well as creating AQAP itself, Wuhayshi also played a major role in forming the AQAP off-shoot, Ansar al-Sharia, in 2011, to appeal to disaffected youth in Yemen at the time of the Arab Spring.
AQAP’s leader cultivated good relations with local tribes, which helped his group advance in various places in the south of the country.
His death is no doubt a big blow for AQAP – but it seems to have been prepared for this moment, swiftly naming another highly influential figure, Qasim al-Raymi, to succeed him. Wuhayshi’s death was announced by senior AQAP figure Khaled Batarfi in a video posted online. Read More