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the u. s. intelligence community confirming today they killed al qaeda second in command but still trying to determine if they also hit another key leader of the militant group , one strobel is following the story for reuters the white house announced today that they believe nasser al will hey she they head of al qaeda in the arabian peninsula and the number two in al qaeda worldwide is dead group al qaeda and said the same thing , on the situation is less clear with %HESITATION marked are dumb akhtar who is a north african militant that was targeted in an air strike in libya on he's been declared several times dead in the past few years and the u. s. is being a little cautious before they declare that they got their man mokhtar bell mock towers the believe mastermind of a twenty thirteen attack on a gas plant that is native algeria the process for confirming the deaths of four militants is never easy and made even more difficult by the lack of any u. s. forces on the ground as far as we know and obviously they don't tell us this in great detail %HESITATION it can come from a variety of means in the best case they will they or an allied intelligence service on the ground will get the body and checks the d. n. a. and more common practice is to listen into the communications of militant groups , and hear them chattering and if they're talking about the guy is dead and confirming it then that's a pretty good way to to tell but in a region full of ongoing conflicts the u. s. wants to show some progress