Yemeni Military ‘Almost Certain’ It Killed Al Qaeda Leader in Attack


At least two leaders of the terrorist cell Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — the group that nurtured underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, were killed in an air strike by Yemeni forces today. The government says it is “almost certain” it killed military commander Qassim al-Raymi, which would be a serious blow to the group. (The government has wrongly proclaimed his death before.) Meanwhile, officials are negotiating for the surrender of radical cleric Anwar Aulaqi, the religious leader who ministered to Fort Hood shooter Nidal Malik Hasan, who is also hiding in Yemen. [NYT]