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U.S claims Atiyah Abdul Rehman Killed

Latest News / WASHINGTON – The United States said Saturday that Al-Qaeda’s number two leader Atiyah Abdul Rehman, had been killed in Pakistan, in what it said was another “tremendous blow” for the extremist group.

Atiyah Abd al RahmanA senior US official said that Rahman was killed in tribal Waziristan on August 22 and had been deeply involved in directing operations for Al-Qaeda, but did not divulge the exact circumstances of his death.


Local officials in the tribal region however told AFP last week that a US drone strike on August 22 on a vehicle in North Waziristan killed at least four militants.


The senior US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the death of Rahman would be deeply felt by Al-Qaeda because the group’s new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had relied on him since the killing of Osama bin Laden.


“The trove of materials from Bin Laden’s compound showed clearly that (Rahman) was deeply involved in directing Al-Qaeda’s operations even before the raid,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


“He had multiple responsibilities in the organization and will be very difficult to replace.”

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