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10 things you need to know today: November 14, 2020

Intelligence officials have confirmed that Israeli operatives, at the behest of the United States, assassinated Abu Muhammad al-Masri, al Qaeda’s second-highest leader, in Tehran, Iran, in August, The New York Times reports. Al Qaeda has not announced al-Masri’s death, and Iran, which considers al Qaeda a bitter enemy, denies the claims he was killed in Tehran, warning media outlets not to fall for the “Hollywood script.” Per the Times, al-Masri was driving his car with his 27-year-old daughter, Hamza bin Laden’s widow Miriam, when two gunmen drew up beside him on a motorcycle and fired five shots. At the time, Iran identified the victims as Habib Daoud, a Hezbollah-affiliated Lebanese history professor, and his daughter, Maryam, but intelligence officials told the Times those were aliases. One of Al Qaeda’s founding members, al-Masri was a mastermind behind the 1998 attacks on American embassies in multiple African countries. [The New York Times, Al Jazeera]

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