Jihadi leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri was killed Sunday night while riding in a car near the Syrian city of Idlib.
The Al-Qaida member married Osama Bin Laden's daughter. Hisham al-Hashimi, an expert on Islamic groups said this kill is no less significant than that of Bin Laden.
“He was the ideological leader of the group in Iraq, Syria and Yemen and the number two in the organisation overall,” he said.
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According to Express, Charles Lister, a leading Washington-based analyst of the Syrian conflict, said “As a long-time member of al-Qaida’s central Shura council and one of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s closest long-time confidants, Abu al-Khayr was jihadi royalty.”
“He was the terrorist group’s key intermediary with its affiliates and other jihadi groups across the world. His marriage to one of Osama bin Laden’s daughters placed him at the beating heart of al-Qaida early on,” he added.
His death has been confirmed in a joint statement from the terror group's branches in the Maghreb and the Arabian peninsular.