WASHINGTON – US intelligence agencies were working Monday night to verify the strong possibility that al-Qaida’s No. 2 figure, the leader of its virulent Yemen offshoot, has been killed, intelligence officials said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be quoted discussing a classified action. The Washington
Post reported that Nasir al-Wuhayshi was targeted in a CIA drone strike last week. Arab media, and extremists on Twitter, reported that al-Wuhayshi, a top lieutenant to al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri, was killed in the strike. U.S. officials told The Associated Press they are investigating evidence to that effect, while declining to confirm the CIA’s role.