7,560. 5/21/2010

“One important [al Qaeda] operative eliminated in May [21] 2010 is [operational commander] Mustafa Uthman abu Yazid, most likely killed by a drone. Declared a martyr following his death, Yazid was an Egyptian who had worked with [al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-] Zawahiri since the early 1980s. Both were part of the plot to assassinate Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in 1981. …Yazid was directly involved in the 9/11 plot and helped raise funds for al Qaeda. As Stuart Levey, under secretary of the treasury for intelligence and terrorism, has noted, ‘More than anyone else, Yazid possessed links to the deep-pocketed donors in the Arabian Peninsula who have historically formed the backbone of al Qaeda’s financial support network.’ “

 – Bruce Riedel, Deadly Embrace, Page 98

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