- Targeted killing of terrorists are condemned by many nations
- Obama gets credit for killing Osama Bin Ladin
- Israel may have targeted Abu-Mohammed in Tehran in August
The New York Times reported this week that Israeli operatives killed Abu Mohammed al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s #2 leader, in Iran in August. Al-Masri, who is accused of masterminding the bombing of two United States embassies in Africa, was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in the streets of Tehran.
The killing of al-Masri was kept secret until now. He was seen as a likely successor to the current leader of Al-Qaeda. It is still unclear if the United States had a part in the assassination, since they have been tracking al-Masri and other representatives of the terrorist organization in Iran for years.
The White House has not taken responsibility for the killing. Al-Masri was killed in a drive-by shooting with his daughter, who was the wife of Hamza Bin Laden, the son of Osama Bin Laden.
Al-Masri was being held in Iran, but was allowed free living in an upscale suburban community in Tehran. The United States had suspicion that Iran was covering up activities of the terrorist organization, which was a motive for these terrorists living in Tehran. It is good suspicion that Israel was acting in conjunction with America.
In January, the United States, in an airstrike near Baghdad Airport, killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The attack was ordered by President Donald Trump. America claimed that Soleimani was actively planning to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq.
The strike was not received well in the world, especially by Russia, who called the attack, “fraught with serious consequences.” These types of attacks on individuals caused concern that they will lead to escalation of tensions.
In November 2012, after four days of escalation on the Israel-Gaza border, Israel renewed its policy of targeted assassinations, killing Hamas military leader Ahmed Jabari in an air strike. He was the operational commander of Hamas’ armed wing brigades. As a result, there was the biggest escalation between Israel and Gaza since 2009.
In September 2019, the White House publicized that the son of Bin Ladin had been killed in a US operation. Hamza Bin Laden had become a prominent figure in the terrorist organization.
This targeted killing was intended to deprive al-Qaeda of important leadership, which they very much need to continue their acts of terrorism throughout the Middle East and the world.
The White House said that Hamza Bin Laden, the son of Osama Bin Laden, was responsible for planning and dealing with various terrorist groups. Even before this assassination, the United States was offering $1 million for help in tracking him down. He was married to the daughter of Abu Mohammed, who was behind the bombing of two American embassies in Africa, who was assassinated in April.
President Barack Obama took credit for the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. President Trump continued the work of preventing terrorism via the assassination of Soleimani, and also the assassination of the son of Bin Laden.
Israel gets credit for the assassination of al-Masri in Tehran in August. The world is against these targeted acts, but they have the importance in combatting terrorism. President-Elect Joe Biden now is taking command of America. Will he continue in the direction of President Trump in the war against terrorism?