According to a report quoted by The New York Times on Friday, the second commander of Al Qaeda was accused of helping to plan the 1998 US bombing of two embassies in Africa and was killed in Iran in August by Israeli agents . Intelligence officer.
According to The Times, on August 7, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, named Abu Mohamed Masri, was shot and killed by two men on the streets of Tehran on a motorcycle.
The newspaper stated that the killing of Masri had been kept secret.
The Times said that it is not yet clear what role the United States played in killing Egyptian-born militants. It said that the US authorities have been tracking Iranian Masri and other Al Qaeda agents for years.
The Times said that al Qaeda has not declared its death, and Iranian officials have covered it up. No government has publicly claimed responsibility for it.
In an interview with Reuters, an American official who asked not to be named declined to disclose any details of the New York Times story or whether the United States was involved. The White House National Security Council did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to The Times, one of the founding leaders of Al-Qaida, Masri, was killed along with his daughter, Hamza, the son of Osama bin Laden, the former leader of Al-Qaida. · The id of Hamza bin Laden.
Osama bin Laden planned the attack on the United States on September 1
Shia Iran and the Sunni Muslim armed group Al Qaeda have long been enemies.
The New York Times quoted an unnamed US intelligence official as saying that Masri has been Iran’s “guardian” since 2003 but has been living freely in the upscale suburbs of Tehran since 2015.
According to the New York Times, U.S. counter-terrorism officials believe that Iran is also an enemy of the United States and may allow them to live in the United States to conduct operations against American targets.
It is not clear how, if any, the death of Masri had any impact on al-Qaeda’s activities. In the nearly two decades since it attacked New York and Washington, it has maintained an active branch from the Middle East to Afghanistan to West Africa despite the loss of senior leaders.