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DOD Says Islamist Extremist Leader Killed In Airstrike05:59

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The Pentagon believes Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who ordered a deadly attack on an Algerian gas plant two years ago, was killed by a U.S. fighter jet strike over the weekend.

The U.S. had filed terrorism charges against Belmokhtar after that 2013 attack, and believed he remained a threat to Western interests. Belmokhtar was a former senior figure in al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, but left that militant group to form his own militia.

Seth Jones, director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND, joins Here & Now's Lisa Mullins with details.


This segment aired on June 15, 2015.


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