Al-Qaida chief’s killing comes as group gains ground in African conflict zones


It was one of Ayman al-Zawahiri’s last victories. Just over a week before the al-Qaida leader was killed in Kabul by missiles fired from a US drone, militants from the organisation’s biggest affiliate in sub-Saharan Africa attacked the most important military base in Mali. The tactics of the attack were familiar – suicide bombers blowing a gap in defences to allow gunmen to reached stunned ...

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