Mumbai to Marrakech | A newsletter on the Middle East | Edition 3 | United States-Israel-Iran and allied tensions

Mumbai to Marrakech

Edition 3: November 18, 2020

By Madhuvanthi Srinivasan

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.”

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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.