Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Al-Shihri turns up dead --again.

Al Qaeda has reported that their second-in-command is dead. According to a spokesman for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Said al-Shihri was killed in a drone strike.

Al-Shihri has been killed at least four times now.

Al-Shihri has been killed at least four times now.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/18/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: al-Shihri, al Qaeda, dead, drone, Guantanamo bay


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Said al-Shihri was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone airstrike, according to an AQAP spokesman. Al-Shihri has been reported dead before, three  times to be exact. He also did time in Guantanamo Bay military prison, and was released in 2007.

Following that release he became the region's second-in-command. AQAP's most dangerous chapter, Al Qaeda in Yemen, with whom he operated, is still considered to be the greatest threat to the United States and allies.

While other al Qaeda branches have been systematically dismantled, AQAP, largely centered in Yemen, remains the greatest threat. They have engineers at their disposal who can help construct bombs and plot larger attacks that can potentially destroy an airliner, or other large target.

Other al Qaeda affiliates are struggling just to launch individual attacks.

Al-Shihri was reported killed on several occasions before. In 2009 a Yemeni news site reported he was killed by a drone strike in 2008. He was reported dead again just months later as a result of a cruise missile strike. A drone killed him in September 2012. The current report is his fourth killing.

The conflicted reports highlight the difficulties of operating in the region. Communication is difficult as much of it still passes person-to-person in the sparsely populated, mountainous, desert region. 

Al Qaeda has also been fragmenting in Yemen according to intelligence officials. Vigilance by U.S. forces in the region has compelled al Qaeda operatives to move less during the day. Generally, the first sign that a U.S. drone is operating overhead is also its last -the strike itself.

U.S. officials cannot confirm the death of al-Shihri. In any case, being al Qaeda number two is a very hazardous job with dim prospects. At least the retirement is out of this world.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.


Rosaries, Crosses, Prayer Cards and more... by Catholic Shopping .com


Comments


More Middle East

14-year-old boy kills 50 in tragic ISIS suicide bombing Watch

Image of

By Hannah Marfil (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A teenage boy blew up himself near a village by northern Syria, killing about 50 Kurdish militiamen in the attack. Recent posts, on official media channels of the terrorist Islamic State group, claim the boy was one of their young soldiers fighting for them. Fanatics ... continue reading


TIED TO A TREE AND SHOT: ISIS' latest choreographed execution video shows merciless murder of activists Watch

Image of ISIS ties two men to a tree to be shot.

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

ISIS executes two activists accused of being informants in the terrorist group's latest graphic video, which appears to be carefully choreographed. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) - Terror group, ISIS executed two men accused of being "informants," shown in ... continue reading


United States blocks attempts from Middle East allies to provide Kurds heavy weapons in fight with ISIS Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United States has blocked endeavors made by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds in Iraq who are battling ISIS. According to few of America's closest allied forces, President Barack Obama, along with other Western leaders - including ... continue reading


Twisted ISIS video shows militants executed by men in notorious orange jumpsuits Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Islamic State militants were captured and slaughtered on camera by a rebel group in Syria. The members of the rebel group were clad in orange jumpsuits, usually worn by ISIS prisoners and led 13 shackled jihadis to their deaths. MUNTINLUPA, PHILIPPINES (Catholic ... continue reading


GRISLY FIRST: Islamic State beheads women for acts of 'sorcery' in Syria Watch

Image of The Islamic State has previously stoned women to death on allegations of adultery. The Observatory says the latest instances were the first time it was aware of the group beheading women.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was a heinous new low for the terror group Islamic State. There are reports from Syria that the jihadists have now beheaded two women for acts of what they describe as "sorcery." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - These heinous acts are reportedly the first ... continue reading


Amazing discovery of ancient Roman soldier's footprints found in Israel Watch

Image of

By Atarah Haely (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The ancient, fortified city of Hippos-Sussita in Israel, located in the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, has surprised archeologists with a new addition to their host of history-defining discoveries. Director Michael Eisenberg, the excavation's director announced ... continue reading


ISIS shocks by beheading women for the first time ever Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

ISIS is known all over the world for their radical cruelty and use of rapid executions. Now, the jihadi militants have carried out yet another act of brutality, beheading two women in Syria, who they accused of "sorcery," according to activist reports. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


HISTORIC - Vatican signs treaty with 'State of Palestine' in hopes of promoting peace Watch

Image of Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher along with Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, signed a peace treaty recognizing the

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Vatican Foreign Minister Paul Gallagher along with Palestinian counterpart, Riad al-Malki, signed a peace treaty recognizing the "State of Palestine." Signed in a ceremony in the Vatican, the goal is that the recognition will promote peace with Israel - as well ... continue reading


Women, children among the 120 civilians killed in Islamic State takeover of Kobane Watch

Image of The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in London said many of the dead were in their homes killed by rocket attacks. Others were struck down by sharp shooters as they tried to run away.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Re-entering the Syrian city of Kobane, long held up as a symbol of Kurdish resistance, Islamic State indiscriminately shot and killed dozens of women and children in a 24-hour period. The death toll hovers around 120, but that number may rise. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


Is there an AIDs epidemic in Syria? Islamic State fighter donated infected blood which has spread to several other fighters Watch

Image of An Indonesian man, infected with AIDs, donated blood to the Islamic State, and was executed for it.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An Indonesian Islamic State fighter who was infected with AIDs has been executed by the Islamic State after he was accused of knowingly passing on the disease through blood donations. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The currently unknown Indonesian man ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24
55 But when all Egypt too began to feel the famine ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19
2 Give thanks to Yahweh on the lyre, play for him on ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 10:1-7
1 He summoned his twelve disciples and gave them ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 8th, 2015 Image

St. Grimbald
July 8: Benedictine abbot also called Grimwald, invited to England by ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter