Al-Qaeda has announced the death of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, its number three leader and Osama bin Laden's one-time top money man, in what would be a major blow to the global terror network. US monitoring groups said the death of Yazid, who was the leader of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and its liaison with the Taliban for three years, was announced by the group in a message to jihadist websites on Monday. "We have strong reason to believe that's true, and that (Yazid) was killed recently in Pakistan's tribal areas," a US official said. "In terms of counterterrorism, this would be a big victory." Yazid, one of a number of Egyptians in the higher echelons of Al-Qaeda, was a founding member of the network and a former treasurer to bin Laden who was accused of channelling money to some of the September 11 hijackers. Yazid, also known as Sheikh Said al-Masri, would be one of the top Al-Qaeda leaders to be killed since US President Barack Obama took office in January last year. "Al-Masri was the … [Read more...] about Qaeda says top leader Yazid dead: monitors
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Pakistani helicopter gunships staged a predawn raid on a militant hideout on Saturday and shot dead a top al-Qaeda operative wanted for plotting to bomb the New York subway system, the military said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has offered a $5 million reward for the capture of Saudi national Adnan el-Shukrijumah, 39, who it said was believed to be al-Qaeda's external operations chief at one time. Shukrijumah, who had a Guyanese passport, was the most senior al-Qaeda member ever killed by the Pakistani military. "In an intelligence borne operation, top al-Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed by (the) Pakistan Army in an early morning raid in Shinwarsak, South Waziristan today," the military statement said. The remote region borders Afghanistan. "His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid," the statement said. The military said Shukrijumah had recently been forced to move by a Pakistani military operation in neighboring North Waziristan. … [Read more...] about Pakistan military kills al-Qaeda leader wanted in U.S.
Tashfeen Malik's path to accused mass killer in California began in a small city on the Indus River in Pakistan's Punjab province. It was from here, when she was a toddler, that she moved with her father Gulzar 25 years ago to Saudi Arabia, where he became more deeply religious, more conservative and more hardline, according to a family member. A picture slowly emerged on Friday of the role and possible motivations of 27-year-old Malik in this week's killing of 14 people in California, including her apparent pledge of allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State militant group, according to U.S. officials. Malik, with her husband Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, is accused of storming a holiday party on Wednesday in San Bernardino, California, and opening fire in America's worst mass shooting in three years. The intensive search for clues, extending to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, could help U.S. investigators piece together what drove Malik and her husband to leave their infant daughter with … [Read more...] about Investigators piece together portrait of Pakistani woman in shooting massacre