Israeli agents killed al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader in Iran: NYT

Israeli agents killed al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader in Iran: NYT

Al Qaeda’s second-highest leader, accused of helping to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, was killed in Iran in August by Israeli operatives acting at the behest of the United States, the New York Times reported, citing intelligence officials.

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was gunned down on the streets of Tehran by two assassins on a motorcycle on Aug. 7, the anniversary of the embassy attacks, the Times reported.

The attack was carried out by Israeli operatives at the behest of the United States, according to four of the officials.

It is unclear what role if any was played by the United States, which had been tracking the movements of Mr. al-Masri and other Qaeda operatives in Iran for years, the newspaper said.

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