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1) #alQaeda releases eulogy for group veteran Abu Khalad al-Muhandis (AKA Sari Shihab) two days after AQ-aligned Hurras al-Deen in Syria reports he was killed in a car-bombing in #Idlib on Aug 22. Unclear who killed him, though car bombing (not airstrike) suggests local rivals.
2) Abu Khalad was friend & brother in-law of high-ranking AQ official and top FBI-wanted subject Saif al-Adel & is thought to be released from Iranian prison w him in 2015. He was also close w Zarqawi & cofounded AQ in Iraq w him. More recently, Abu Khalad was active on Telegram.
3) #alQaeda has never formally endorsed Hurras al-Deen, but the latter’s announcement of Abu Khalad’s death is another indicator of how many al-Qaeda figures comprise the group and how much al-Qaeda Central quietly backs it.…
4) Picture of Abu Khalad finally emerges after his death.

Remarkable how #AQ still vies for a base in Syria, despite so many of its senior leaders being killed there. All the while, AQC’s status/utility is withering, though still maintaining strong global network of affiliates.
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