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      Drone strike kills number two al-Qaida leader of Yemen branch

      A former Guantanamo Bayprisoner and the No. 2 figure in the Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida is dead. Anannouncement posted on militant websites confirms that Saeed al-Shihri waskilled in a U.S. drone strike. Al-Shihri had been reported dead before, but theterror group later denied those reports. His killing is considered a major blowto the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch.

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