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Definition of Top echelon

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wealthy people of a society, highest social class, aristocracy
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wealthy and important peeople in a society or an organization
***I think bin Laden had other people that he would have liked to take over the organization. But I think the U.S. government is keenly aware that al Qaeda's leadership is not just bin Laden-that it is about twenty-five other people. The government has those names, and it will go after those people. So I think the top echelon is destined to be captured or killed, and that will make a big impact on the organization.