Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen announced on Thursday that one of its top clerics was killed in a US drone strike last month in the country’s south. The announcement came amid lingering uncertainty about the impact of Yemen’s current political deadlock on the US counterterrorism
campaign. The slain cleric was identified as Sheikh Harith al-Nadhari, said to be in his 30s. Often seen in a white turban, he was among the group’s few public faces frequently featured in online religious lectures. He also recently appeared in an al Qaeda video praising last month’s deadly attack at the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.