Top Yemeni al Qaeda commander believed killed
September 10th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Top Yemeni al Qaeda commander believed killed

Yemeni forces have killed Said al-Shihri, second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Defense Ministry said Monday. An official military website cited a senior source saying al-Shihri was killed in an operation in Hadramawt Valley.

A Yemeni government official told CNN's Mohammad Jamjoom that an operation took place and a body appears to be that of al-Shihri, but that officials are waiting for DNA confirmation.

Al-Shihri was once held by the United States at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. In November 2007 he was transferred to Saudi custody, and underwent a program designed to lead people away from terrorism.

But despite travel restrictions requiring him to stay in Saudi Arabia, he left for Yemen, where he joined another former Guantanamo detainee to assume leadership of AQAP, the U.S. House Armed Services Committee said in a document about detainees who resume terrorism.

The U.S. State Department notes that he was publicly identified in January 2009 as the deputy leader of AQAP.

The killing comes at the same time of increased drone strikes over the last few weeks, including a drone strike that killed five suspected al Qaeda militants in Hadramawt province last week.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. grooveclubhouse

    I'd be mad at the west as well if I had a penis nose.

    September 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  2. posrkistani land of impure

    must be enjoying 72 donkeys in hell .. these pple love beastilaty

    September 11, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply
  3. krm007

    lols guys looks constipated .... ROLF

    September 11, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
  4. Sherizada

    "Yemeni forces" did not kill al-Shihri, a U.S. drone did.

    September 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  5. Gerald

    This guy had 12 yr olds beheaded and ordered men and women to blow themselves to kill his enemies. Ifor one am glad he's dead.

    September 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  6. George Patton

    Another cold blooded murder to be glorified over there. By glorifying these wanton killings we are proving to the world that Ronald Reagan who boasted back in 1981 that we're not living in a sick society was wrong!!! I get aggravated at these right-wing nutjobs here who cheer these cold blooded murders on! Now I expect to see a whole bunch of them doing it! How repulsive!

    September 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Deep Throat

      George, they just made sure some other poor b a stard died for his cause instead of one of us.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:43 pm | Reply
  7. Jessie

    Now let us turn our attention towards India and drone the heck out of these budding terrorists.



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    September 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
  8. anti jihad


    September 10, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  9. Hahahahahahaha

    One less towel head! Hahahahahahahha

    September 10, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      And one more cold blooded murder too, Hahahahahahaha!!! I guess that this will make these right-wing nutjobs here awfully happy! What a blood thirsty bunch we have here!!!

      September 10, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply

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