Abu Khayr al-Masri, Egyptian deputy leader of al-Qaeda,, Died at 59

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Abdullah Muhammad Rajab Abd al-Rahman, known as Ahmad Hasan Abu al-Khayr al-Masri was born on November 3, 1957, in Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt, and died on February 26, 2017.

He was an Egyptian al-Qaeda leader.

Khayr al-Masri has been described as the general deputy to Ayman al-Zawahiri.

He was a member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

He had fled the country in the mid-1980s along with many other Islamic militants.

During the mid-1990s, Khayr al-Masri fought with Arab volunteers in the Balkans during the Bosnian War.

Due to his actions, Khayr al-Masri was sentenced to death in Egypt, in absentia, in 1998, in the case of the Returnees from Albania, he was allegedly responsible for a series of terror attacks in Egyptian towns during the 1990s.

Khayr al-Masri was also the head of the al-Qaeda’s political committee and has been a member of the Shura Council.

Khayr al-Masri has been described as operating as a “trusted lieutenant” of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of al-Qaeda.

Khayr al-Masri was an explosives expert and it has been alleged he was involved in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.

Khayr al-Masri allegedly married to a daughter of Osama bin Laden.

Abu Khayr al-Masri passed away at 59 years old.

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