The U.S. military has confirmed that a senior leader of an al Qaeda branch in Africa was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Libya on Saturday.
Musa Abu Dawud, a high-ranking al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) official, was one of two militants killed in the precision strike near Ubari in southwestern Libya, Africa Command (Africom) said in a statement Wednesday.
Dawud was labeled as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the State Department in 2016. He started engaging in terrorist activity as early as 1992, was appointed commander of the southern zone for AQIM in 2012 and was put in charge of a mission in Tunisia in 2013 to recruit and train new members in North Africa on the use of weapons, according to his designation.
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