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Top Al Qaeda Leader Killed

SITE Intel Group

Abu Hafs al-Shahri

Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed

Al Qaeda’s chief of operations in Pakistan was killed earlier this week in Waziristan, ABC News reports, citing senior administration officials. One official said Abu Hafs al-Shahri “played a key operational and administrative role for the group.” He was in charge of plotting al Qaeda’s anti-U.S. operations in the region and coordinating attacks with the Pakistani Taliban. "This is another blow at the core of al Qaeda in Pakistan," said the official. Several weeks ago a CIA drone killed al Qaeda’s second in command.