WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida announced Monday that its No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, had been killed along with members of his family — perhaps one of the most severe blows to the terror movement since the US campaign against al-Qaida began. A US official said Yazid was believed to have died in a US missile strike.
A statement posted on an al-Qaida Website said Yazid, which it described as the organization's top commander in Afghanistan, was killed along with his wife, three daughters, a grandchild and other men, women and children but did not say how or where.
The statement did not give an exact date for Yazid's death, but it was dated by the Islamic calendar month of "Jemadi al-Akhar," which falls in May.