CIA Killed Al Qaeda's No. 2 By Accident

Real Story How Al-Wuhayshi killed by CIA

Real Story How Al-Wuhayshi killed by CIA
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:21:35

Top Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasir al-Wuhayshi was killed in a US drone strike in Yemen last Friday, but according to US officials the CIA bagged the Al Qaeda leader by pure luck.

According to the officials, the strike went ahead without knowing who the exact targets were, using a "signature strike" technique in which the CIA goes ahead with the drone attack based on patterns of suspected terrorist activity, reported the Washington Post on Wednesday.

Al-Wuhayshi, aside from being the top Al Qaeda leader in Yemen, was the second-in-command overall for global Al Qaeda.

The "signature strike," in which analysts deconstruct drone footage and other surveillance to detect patterns characteristic of senior Al Qaeda terrorists' security details, has been controversial to many given that the identity of the targets is unknown.

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