Afghan forces reportedly kill al-Qaeda second-in-command

by Peter Heck · Oct 26th, 2020 8:11 am

Last Updated Oct 26th, 2020 at 1:38 pm

Al-Qaeda's second-in-command has reportedly been killed in Afghanistan, potentially taking the terror leader of the FBI's most-wanted list.

Aghanistan claimed Sunday that it had killed Husam Abd al-Rauf, who also goes by the name Abu Muhsin al-Masri.

The National Directorate of Security Intelligence in Afghanistan claims the country killed al-Rauf in Ghazni province last week when Afghan special forces stormed a home and took out seven militants in intense combat. Afghan intelligence operatives involved in the raid identified one of the dead militants as al-Rauf, though al-Qaeda has not yet acknowledged his death.

There is concern that the killing of al-Rauf could undermine efforts at in-person peace talks between warring factions, as well as retard American withdrawal from a country it has been fighting in for 19 years.

The strike that allegedly took out al-Rauf came after weeks of unrest that included a suicide bombing by the Islamic State that killed 24 people.


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