A U.S. drone strike in Syria on Sunday killed Abu Khayr al-Masri, the deputy to al-Qaeda’s leader, and fellow Egyptian, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Al-Marsi was also married to a daughter of Osama bin Laden, the now-deceased founder of al-Qaeda (“the base”).
Al-Masri was born in Egypt in 1957. He fought in the Balkans during the 1990’s and was believed to have been involved in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. After carrying out terror attacks in Egypt in the 1990’s, he lived in Afghanistan, but fled to Iran prior to the U.S. invasion in 2001. In 2003, he was arrested by Iranian authorities, but released in 2015 in exchange for the return of an Iranian diplomat who had been taken captive by al-Qaeda in Yemen.
After his release, al-Masri went to fight in Syria as part of the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliated organization. His career of murder and terror was finally ended Sunday as a U.S. drone struck the car in which he was traveling, killing him.