A senior member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula has been confirmed dead in a US drone strike in Yemen.
Yemeni authorities announced in January that they had killed the Arabian al-Qaeda’s number two, Said al-Shehrin, the preceding November.However it is only now that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has confirmed it.
Al-Shehri had been a prisoner in Guantanamo where he says he was tortured. On his release in 2007 he was put in a rehabilitation programme in Saudi Arabia for returned Guantanamo prisoners but escaped, rejoining al-Qaeda in Yemen.
AQAP was formed in January 2009 as a merger between the Saudi and Yemeni branches of Al Qaeda following a clamp down on the Saudi group by the government, forcing many to take refuge in Yemen.
The US views AQAP as the most active and deadly wing of al-Qaeda’s network.