The US and Israel this year teamed up to locate and kill an al-Qaeda terrorist in Iran. The two allied countries conducted this massive intelligence operation at a time when the Trump administration was increasing pressure on Tehran.
Four former and current US officials said that al-Qaeda’s second-ranked terrorist, Abu Mohammed al-Masri, was killed in the Iranian capital in August. Two of these officials said that the US gave intelligence to Israeli officials about where Al-Masri could be found, while Israeli agents carried out the task.
Two other officials confirmed the killing of al-Masri but could not provide further details. Al-Masri was killed in Tehran on August 7. On August 7, 1998, there were bomb attacks in the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, Dar es Salaam and Tanzania.
Al-Masri is believed to have been involved in the plot of those attacks and was on the FBI’s list of wanted terrorists. Al-Qaeda has suffered a setback due to the killing of al-Masri and the news comes in the midst of rumors in West Asia about the organization’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. The same terrorist organization carried out the attacks in America on September 11, 2001.