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Afghanistan: Al Qaeda leader Abu Mohsen al-Masri killed in Ghazni

Abu Mohsen al-Masri, number two of al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, was killed in Afghanistan. The NDS announces it in a Tweet

Abu Mohsen al-Masri, number two of al Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent, was killed in Afghanistan. The news was released by Kabul intelligence, the National Directorate for Security (NDS), in a Tweet. The jihadist was allegedly killed during a targeted raid in Ghazni (in the village of Kunsaf). He was one of the most wanted terrorists by FBI. Al-Masri (alias Hussam Ab-al-Ra’uf), an Egyptian born in 1958, was a veteran of the network founded by Osama bin Laden and one of the most trusted advisors to the current leader of the group, Ayman al -Zawahiri, also an Egyptian. His “career” as a terrorist began in 1989 in Pakistan when he joined Maktab al Khidamat (MAK), founded by Abdullah Azzam (Al Qaeda ideologist. mysteriously killed the same year). Abd-al-Ra’uf worked there in various roles, from treasurer to head of propaganda until the 1990s.

The terrorist soon climbed the top of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, becoming a close adviser to Ayman al-Zawahiri. Moreover, he was killed in a symbolic place for the group

Abu Mohsen al-Masri, as the Long War Journal recalls, moved to Kabul in 1995 where he ran charitable projects and an orphanage until 11 September 2001. From that date he disappeared into thin air to reappear in 2005 as editor of the magazine. “Vanguards of Khorasan”. Subsequently, he joined the ranks of As Sahab, the propaganda organ of Al Qaeda and over time climbed the ranks of the network hierarchy, becoming a trusted advisor to Zawahiri (although according to some sources it seems that the two have known each other for a long time. and that it was the Egyptian doctor who invited him to join the terrorist group). Moreover, the place of his death, Ghazni, also has strategic significance. The Afghan province is one of those in which al Qaeda’s jihadists have historically always operated. Not surprisingly, it is the protagonist of most of the raids against the formation.

The killing of al-Masri is a warning for the Taliban and a response to the complaints of the Islamic Emirate (IEA) on violations of the Doha agreement

The killing of al-Masri is a precise warning for the Taliban who – despite the ongoing Doha negotiations – have launched a very violent offensive in Afghanistan, gaining ground in many provinces of the Asian country. This is because the links between the Islamic Emirate (IEA) and the network are still very close, despite the various denials. Al-Qaeda members have fought many times alongside their allies. Both against Isis-K and against the ANDSF and presumably they still do so today. In addition, the first trained and financed the allies – albeit limited by now due to lack of resources. So it’s a blow to both t. Not to mention that he’s presence in Afghanistan is a violation by the Islamic Emirate of the Doha agreements. Formalized shortly after the Taliban themselves denounced one by the US for the bombing of Kandahar in order to slow down their offensive in the province.

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