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Al-Qaeda Leader Reportedly Killed By Drone Strike In Yemen

Yemeni officials say Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed in an airstrike.

By Matt Picht | June 15, 2015

Yemeni officials are reporting Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

CNN's sources say Wuhayshi was hit by a drone strike Friday afternoon in Yemen. The outlet also cites tweets from AQAP operatives discussing Wuhayshi's martyrdom and his replacement.

Wuhayshi once served as Osama bin Laden's personal aide and is credited with merging and streamlining the Yemeni and Saudi branches of Al-Qaeda to create AQAP.

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But so far, U.S. officials haven't confirmed that the AQAP leader was actually hit by the strike.

News of Wuhayshi's possible death comes after the reported killing of infamous Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who was also reportedly hit by a drone strike in Libya Sunday. That high-profile death isn't confirmed yet either.

Both Wuhayshi and Belmokhtar have dodged death in the past: Previous reports about their demise, in 2011 and 2013 respectively, were later discredited. 

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