His death was first reported by Hugh Macleod of the Guardian over the weekend. Interestingly, however, Macleod writes that he was killed in a shoot-out with Saudi forces in Saudi Arabia at some point during the last month. The news was curious and sparked a lot of questions, few of which had satisfactory answers. But today's issue of Sada al-Malahim clears much of this up.
The journal claims al-Qahtani was killed in one of the US strikes on Abyan. The mix-up in locations is, to my mind, a very interesting insight into the flow of information within AQAP. There is a lot here.
Now it is back to self-enforced silence.