July 18, 2013
Saeed al-Shihri, deputy leader of al Qaeda in the Arabic Peninsula (AQAP), has been reported dead at least three times in as many years. But on Wednesday, for the first time, AQAP confirmed his killing by a US drone strike.
In the course of an eventful life, Saeed al-Shihri put in time in US and Saudi detention facilities, surreptitiously crossed borders, co-founded al Qaeda’s most dangerous branch, and was reported killed at least three times – only to resurface again, and again.
On Wednesday, in an apparent final death announcement, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) confirmed that the group’s deputy leader was killed in a US drone strike.