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Al Qaeda leader killed- President Putin on ballistic missiles

Al Qaeda leader killed- President Putin on ballistic missiles

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    Jun 16, 2015   Author : admin

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Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of Al-Qaeda’s powerful Yemeni branch, has been killed by a US drone strike in Yemen, Al-Qaeda confirmed

Al-Wuhayshi is considered Al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, which makes his death the second biggest blow to Al-Qaida since the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011. 

Nasir al-Wuhayshi headed Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks on the French offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in January. 

Even though Al-Wuhayshi was only in his late 30s, he had more than 20 years of experience fighting jihad and had close ties to Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of Al-Qaeda, who was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.

The US has strengthened its efforts to drive out the Islamist militant group as it has seized more territory in Yemen amid the southern Arabian nation’s chronic chaos.

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In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles into its nuclear arsenal this year. 

Putin, speaking at the opening ceremony of an international military forum held near Moscow, explained it is as a part of an extensive program aimed to modernize the country’s military.

Putin also said the missiles would be able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defense systems.

The announcement comes after the US has recently said it is increasing its military presence in NATO states in Eastern Europe. Russian officials then denounced such a move and called it the most aggressive US act since the Cold War.

Russia’s nuclear arsenal currently includes military stockpile of approximately 4,500 nuclear warheads with nearly 1,800 strategic warheads deployed on missiles and at bomber bases. Another 700 strategic warheads are in reserves with roughly 2,700 non-strategic warheads. Furthermore, about 3,500 of retired warheads await dismantlement.

 

Images via AFP Photo/Mohamed Abdiwahab, RIA Novosti/Alexander Vilf | MYC Bulletin Writer Polina Tikhonova

 

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