Saleh al-Somali

Saleh al-Somali
Died(2009-12-08)December 8, 2009
FATA, Pakistan
OccupationAlleged al Qaida operational planner
Known forKilled by a missile strike

Saleh al-Somali, born Abdirizaq Abdi Saleh,[1] is described as being an al-Qaeda leader and the group's head of external operations.[1][2][3][4] He was killed by a missile fired from an unmanned predator drone on December 8, 2009. The missile strike was on a suspect compound in Janikhel village near Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

Initially the identity of the senior al Qaida leader reported killed was not made public.[2] But on December 11, 2009 ABC News quoted a US security official who said: "There are strong indications that senior al Qaeda operations planner Saleh al-Somali has died".


  1. ^ a b "Source: Senior al-Qaida leader killed by drone: Militant was head of external operations, official tells NBC News". NBC News. 2006-09-25. Abdirizaq Abdi Saleh, better known by his nom de guerre Saleh al-Somali, was a member of al-Qaida's senior leadership, said the official, and "probably responsible" for planning and executing attacks in the U.S. and Europe.
  2. ^ a b Luis Martinez, Martha Raddatz (2009-12-11). "Al Qaeda Operations Planner Saleh Al-Somali Believed Dead in Drone Strike: Believed Killed Tuesday Along Lawless Tribal Areas of Western Pakistan". ABC News. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. The senior al Qaeda operative killed in a drone strike in Pakistan earlier this week was Saleh al-Somali, a major operations planner for the terrorist group, ABC News has learned.
  3. ^ Matt Apuzzo (2010-02-12). "Evolving US strategy widens assault on terrorists". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. Senior al-Qaida operatives Saleh al-Somali and Abdallah Sa'id were killed in airstrikes in December.
  4. ^ David Ignatius (2010-02-17). "What the partisan squabbles miss on Obama's terror response". Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. These raids have ravaged the top tier of al-Qaeda's lieutenants. The victims include Saleh al-Somali, the chief of external operations, who was killed Dec. 8; Abdullah Said al-Libi, the chief of operations in Pakistan, who was killed Dec. 17; and Tahir Yuldashev, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, who was killed in August.

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