Yemen: Confusion over Al-Qaida leader

Issue 1120 - 18 Feb 2021

There is confusion over the fate of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Khalid Batarfi (also known as Abu Miqdad Al-Kindi). According to a United Nations Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team report released on 3 February, Batfari was captured during a raid by Yemeni security forces on a safehouse in Al-Ghayda last October, during which AQAP’s second-in-command Saad Atef al-Awlaqi was killed. The report was initially confirmed by US Central Command (Centcom).

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