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September 11th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

REPORT: Second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed – CNN’s Frances Townsend reports

Eleven years have passed since the tragedy of 9/11 occurred, claiming the lives nearly 3,000 people. Droves of family members and others gather at the ground zero site every year in lower Manhattan to hear the names of those that were killed there. Last week former U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette’s new book entitled, “No Easy Day” was released documenting his firsthand account of how he and other members of SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden.

On Monday, the Defense Ministry said Yemeni forces killed Said al-Shihri, second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Fmr. Bush Homeland Sec. Adviser, Fran Townsend says, “this is a real blow” to the al Qaeda leadership. “The al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are the most active group in terms of targeting American interests, particularly aviation.” Townsend goes on to explain that this particular sect of al Qaeda are responsible for “that underwear bomb that one Christmas a few years ago but also that computer cartridge and more recently the disrupted plot.”

Top Homeland Security expert says, “this is a very active group, taking out a senior member of their leadership is very significant.”

CNN’s Fran Townsend reports.

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