March 1st, 2013
11:52 AM ET

Prominent al Qaeda figure in Mali killed

One of al Qaeda's most influential figures in North Africa has been killed by French and Chadian forces, a U.S. official saidFriday.

French military sources had earlier said that Abdelhamid Abou Zeid, a deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, was killed in an airstrike in Mali late last month.

Abou Zeid was one of the group's most ruthless commanders, having seized at least a dozen foreigners for ransom. At least two have been killed; several French citizens remain captive.

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  1. White Magic

    ...excellent news...

    March 1, 2013 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Good for humanity.
    The number of 'prominent' Al-Qaeda leaders claimed killed during the past decade should have seen the world rid of this menace but alas its to the contrary.

    March 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Wow @ saywhat. Its uncanny that as i was reading this story i was thinking that very same thing. I was also thinking how gulible are we as a nation that we keep believing this stuff. And how long are ppl gonna keep believing this?

    March 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    And then i started thinking of todays events with the government budget cuts and i just gotta wonder was this particular story fabricated to justify no cuts to the defense and homeland security?

    March 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |