US airstrike kills al-Qaeda leader who claimed Charlie Hebdo attack

A US airstrike in Yemen last month killed the senior Al-Qaeda official who appeared in a video claiming the deadly January attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, a monitor said Thursday.

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, who was killed in the April strike along with his eldest son and other fighters in the port city of Mukalla, also appeared in Al-Qaeda videos claiming the holding and death of US hostage Luke Somers, SITE Intelligence Group said.

The announcement of his death came in a video posted Thursday on Twitter by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — which Washington considers the international terror network’s deadliest branch.

The air raid appears to have been carried out overnight on April 21-22, when witnesses in Mukalla said an apparent US drone strike on a vehicle parked near the presidential palace in the city killed six suspected Al-Qaeda militants.

SITE described Ansi as “a senior AQAP official and military strategist.”

Ansi appeared in the video released on January 14 in which AQAP claimed it had carried out the attack on Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris to avenge its publication of cartoons of the prophet Mohammed…

  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    He is martyr now,he is getting 72 virgins in heaven.

  • Glenfilthie

    This is the point that seems to be escaping everyone: The Charlie Hebdo artists were your usual lefty media f-knuckles. The only difference between them and the bird brains at the CBC – was that they were willing to take cheap shots at moslems as well as Christians and conservatives. This is so sweet on so many levels: leftist dimwits killed by their own protected victim group? Check! Filthy moslem cur gunned down in a hail of monkey-shredding shrapnel! Check! Not only that, they potted the froot of his loins too!
    Hope the US keeps us the good shooting!

  • FactsWillOut

    People are so stupid these days.
    It’s like the Allied news services saying “We’ve killed Hitler, Goering, Goebbels, Speer, Himmler, Rommel…yet the NAZI party is still going strong, and continues to make headway”. If anybody swallows ANYTHING that these folk say at all, they should get their heads examined. Fuck, if they say the sun will rise in the east, then it’s a sure bet that it won’t.
    Fuck the MSM, our traitorous leaders and fuck their lies.

  • Shebel

    I am getting older. Now ,unfortunately ,I must consider the Afterlife, Heaven and Eternity. When doing so –I don’t hope for gold or silver.
    Maybe ,universal knowledge and an answer to all questions. I dunno.

    What I do know for sure, without a shadow of a doubt, is that any Religion , that promises that Eternal Life is breaking IN prepubescent Virgins is both – Sick and Evil.

  • Gary

    So when does Obama give back his Nobel Peace prize , or is it OK to wage illegal Wars and murder BROWN people according to Liberals.

  • Canadian

    Lots more where he came from..

  • Norman_In_New_York

    More food for Yemen’s worms and maggots.