7,799. 8/22/2011

“Al-Qaida’s second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another major blow to a terrorist group that the US believes to be on the verge of defeat, a senior Barack Obama administration official has claimed. The Libyan national who was the network’s former operational leader, rose up the chain of command after the US killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during a raid on his Pakistan compound in May. …Rahman was killed on 22 August [2011] in the lawless tribal region of Waziristan in Pakistan, according to the official, who insisted on anonymity.”

 – Matt Apuzzo, “Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Reported Killed by US in Pakistan,” Associated Press, Aug. 27, 2011

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