The New York Times broke with the story, revealing the killing of Abu Muhammad al-Masri, the second most highly ranked leader in Al Qaeda. According to the NYT, Israel carried out this targeted killing for, upon the request of, the United States of America. Both countries had interests in killing him. But here are some unintuitive things worthy of consideration.
The current uproar in the U.S. news cycle concerns Russian bounties offered to criminals and Taliban militants in Afghanistan, in order to incentivize them to kill U.S., British and other NATO personnel. This short piece seeks to clarify why Russia pursued this course of action and counters far-fetched proposed explanations.