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Chief of Qaida Spin Reported Killed

Reports from a Pakistani security official say al-Qaida spinmeister Abu Jihad al-Masri, who had a $1 million reward for his death or capture, has been killed in a US missile attack that came across the border from Afghanistan. “The strike was aimed at a vehicle carrying Abu Jihad and two others,” AFP reports. According to the US State Department’s Rewards for Justice website, he had been “in charge of Al-Qaeda media and propaganda. He may also be the chief of external operations for Al-Qaeda.” Neither the State Department nor the Pakistani government has confirmed the report, or who would get the bounty if indeed the Egyptian Masri has been eliminated.