Last month, al-Qaeda was dealt a major blow. In losing Mustafa Abu al-Yazid — also known as Sheik Saeed al-Masri — the terrorist organization was deprived of one of its founding members and also its third-highest official. An early confidante of Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, Yazid has essentially served as al-Qaeda’s “chief financial officer,” coordinating the group’s fundraising and overseeing the distribution of money essential to its survival. While Yazid’s death deprives al-Qaeda of a uniquely valuable commander, the ideology that underpins terrorism continues to attract adherents, and we must redouble our efforts to prevent the emergence of the next generation of Yazid’s replacements.… Seguir leyendo »
Stuart A. Levey
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