Mumbai to Marrakech
Edition 3: November 18, 2020
United States-Israel-Iran and allied tensions
Al Qaeda’s second highest leader killed in Iran
On November 13, the New York Times reported that Al-Qaeda’s second highest leader- Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah who went by the name Abu Mohammed al-Masri- the mastermind of the 1998 U.S embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi was killed in Iran, three months ago. His daughter- the widow of Osama Bin Laden’s son- was also killed along with him.
U.S officials told the New York Times that Israeli operatives killed al-Masri at the behest of the United States. Israel’s Channel 12 said that they were Mossad agents. Another Israeli broadcaster- Channel 13- said that they could be foreign agents who were activated by Israel. Channel 12, quoting unnamed intelligence sources, said that al-Masri was planning attacks against Israeli & Jewish targets across the world & that the U.S and Israel had “shared interest” in the elimination of an “arch terrorist.”
Madhuvanthi Srinivasan is a journalist based out of Mumbai
The views expressed above are the author’s own and do not represent Takshashila Institution’s recommendations.