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Al-Qaida's No. 2 figure killed in U.S. strike in Yemen

Al-Qaida's No. 2 figure killed in U.S. strike in Yemen

A U.S. airstrike has killed Al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, who commanded its powerful Yemeni affiliate, dealing the global network its biggest blow since the killing of Osama bin Laden and eliminating a charismatic leader at a time when it is vying with the Islamic State group for the mantle of global jihad. Nasir al-Wahishi is the latest in a series of senior figures from al-Qaida's Yemen branch eliminated by U.S. drone strikes the past five months, including its top ideologue and a senior military commander. The U.S. has intensified its campaign, trying to push back the group as it has captured new territory in Yemen by taking advantage of the southern Arabian nation's chronic...

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