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2nd-Ranking Qaeda Leader Is Reportedly Killed by U.S. Drone

WASHINGTON -- A senior official of Al Qaeda was killed on Sunday in Syria by a United States drone strike, an American official said on Wednesday.

The terrorist leader, Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, 59, was the second-ranking official after Ayman al-Zawahri and was a son-in-law to Al Qaeda's founder, Osama bin Laden.

Jihadist social media carried reports of the attack on Sunday, including photographs of the vehicle purportedly hit by the drone. The strike was said to have taken place in

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