MUKALLA, YEMEN – One the world’s top terrorists is no more.
Nasir al-Wuhayshi was the number two guy for al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, which said he and two aides were victims of an apparent US drone attack in Yemen. US officials confirmed the kill.
Al-Wuhayshi also served as a personal secretary to the late Osama bin Laden.
Over the weekend, a US airstrike may have killed another al-Qaeda bigshot, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who split from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb in Algeria to set up his own crew known as the masked brigade.
He’d been on Uncle Sam’s global terrorist list for 12 years.
Meantime, a family in northern England is mourning the death of 17-year-old Talha Asmal, believed to be the Britain’s youngest ISIS suicide bomber.
In a carefully worded statement, his family said he “fell under the spell of individuals who preyed on his innocence and vulnerability,” and was “ordered to his death by so-called ISIS handlers and leaders too cowardly to do their own dirty work.”
Asmal, the oldest of four children, ran off to Iran in March. Within two months, he drove a truck bomb that killed ten Iraqi troops.
But he’s not the youngest ISIS bomber. ISIS posted an image of a 14-year-old the terrorists say volunteered for a suicide mission.
An example of an enemy that kills its children to advance its cause.