Seems they get a "senior" al-Qaeda leader pretty much every other week. That terror gang must be more top-heavy with senior management than GM back in the '70's.
I'm always a little suspicious. Inevitably it's some senior leader who has managed to avoid the limelight until the day NATO nails him.
Sometimes I think they trot out the "senior leader" story just to draw the eye away from some other less palatable story. For example, just the other day NATO snuffed a family of eight Afghan civilians in one of their so-called "oopsie" attacks.
Nothing like another family of civilians vaporized to get those Afghans all grumpy, so before you know it, "HEY, LOOK OVER HERE, WE JUST GOT A SENIOR al-QAEDA LEADER!"