U.S. drone kills top al-Qaida leader in Pakistan

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A U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaida leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border.

According to Pakistani intelligence officials, who spoke on a condition on anonymity, "Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles slammed into a house Thursday near Mir Ali, one of the main towns in the North Waziristan tribal area."

Al-Kuwaiti replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi as al-Qaida's second in command after al-Libi was killed in a U.S. drone strike in June.

"Al-Kuwaiti appeared to be a less prominent figure and was not part of the U.S. State Department's list of most wanted terrorist suspects, as al-Libi had been," reported ABC News.

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