Big victory in the war on terror, folks: A previously unreported air strike in December killed Said al-Shihri, al Qaeda's number two in command. This is third time he's been reported dead, so he must definitely be dead now, right? That depends on your definition of dead.
Al-Shihri is serious terrorist. Described by some as a "veteran jihadist," he was captured by the United States after fleeing to Afghanistan in the days after September 11, 2001, and spent six years in Guantanamo before being released to Saudi Arabia's "jihadist rehab" program which, in ABC News's words, "attempted to turn terrorists into art students by getting them to get 'negative energy out on paper.'"
Well that didn't work, because not long after finishing the Saudi program, Al-Shihri reappeared on the international terrorist circuit as Al Qaeda's number two leader and was supposedly involved in seizing large tracts of land in Southern Yemen back in 2011. This is after he was reportedly killed in an airstrike on Christmas Eve in 2009. Then, in 2010 Yemen claimed to have captured Al-Shihri only to report a year later in September 2011 that he'd been killed along with six others in a drone strike. The apparently indestructible Saudi jihadist did not die in that strike, according to some DNA tests that were conducted last September. He was however implicated in a drone strike this week that left him in a coma, a coma from which he was unable to recover, according to "family sources."