Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader killed by drone strike, official says
Abu Yahya al-Libi appeared frequently in videos on the Internet, including one in 2006 by an al Qaeda-linked media group.
June 5th, 2012
01:27 PM ET

Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader killed by drone strike, official says

[Updated at 1:27 p.m. ET] Abu Yahya al-Libi, the second most senior leader of al Qaeda, has been killed by a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

His death marks one of the most significant blows to al Qaeda since the U.S. military killed Osama bin Laden in a daring nighttime raid in Pakistan a year ago. Al-Libi was second-in-command behind al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took the helm after bin Laden's death.

The drone fired at least six missiles at a militant compound near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region near the Afghanistan border. The attack left 15 militants dead and three others wounded, a U.S. official said earlier Tuesday.

Al Qaeda will have a hard time replacing al Libi, according to the U.S. official who said al Libi was dead. "There is no one who even comes close in terms of replacing the expertise (al Qaeda) has just lost," said the U.S. official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

[Initial post, 8:04 a.m. ET] Abu Yahya al-Libi, the No. 2 man in al Qaeda and a longtime public face of the terror network, has been targeted by a drone strike in Pakistan's tribal region, a U.S. official said Tuesday.

Investigators are trying to determine whether al-Libi was injured or killed in the Monday hit, which left 15 militants dead and three others wounded, the official said. Intelligence officials may find out al-Libi's fate only from monitoring websites and chatter, according to the official.

A senior Pakistani official said investigators have to verify that al-Libi was among the dead. Eight of the victims from the strike were "foreigners," with most of them Arabs, the Pakistani official said.

The drone fired at least six missiles at a militant compound near the town of Mir Ali in the North Waziristan region near the Afghanistan border.

It was the third such deadly attack in as many days and the 21st suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan this year in the fight against al Qaeda.

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  1. JerseyJeff

    "..And Another one down, another one bites the dust!"

    June 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    Bravissimo Obama!

    June 5, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    @ Eddie:
    Your card has Bingo.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Portland tony

    There will always be a #2. in any organization. Hopefully, no one really wants the job. It's a kinda dead end position!

    June 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      How true...but there seems to have been an awful lot of long-time #2 Al Qaueda leaders being killed lately...maybe all of the other members are known as #2's!

      June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ddpp

    2nd, 3rd,....or 100th; just kill them all regardless of their ranks.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |

    With a full time payroll of ovrr 4 million employees and some tend of thousands under short term contractos, mainly of college proffs and students, with internatopnal buosned and NGOs, they better geto busy. and find numbers 1---10 thou or our unemployment rates will soar.
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    Wonder why our deficit has reached beiuond whst all moneys values for a year is caused by.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
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    June 6, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Shane

    Well done~!

    June 6, 2012 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. holden bentley

    We know who you are and we are coming to get you and you will never hear it coming (mores the pity).................................sleep well

    June 6, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. james ainoris

    Idiots think america tries to harm innocents.... these terrorists are cowards and hid behind children... If we were evil we would use n-ukes! Why do civilians run to americans for protection? Because they have chocalate? Many who wrote on this blog probably hid in canada to avoid draft and begged to come back! The purpose of using such expensive devices is to AVOID harming innocents... sadly it is not 100% but much better than ww2 and how many innocents were killed in veitnam and cambodia AFTER america withdrew?! look it up..and you see how evil the veit kong were not even considering stalin and mao... amrchair warriors... anti american cowards who hide in college and play frizbee while you hero s fight for your freedom! Now the suicide rate for returning vet s is higher that casualty rate! Are you going to be jayne fonda s again? YOU CAN BE AGAINST A WAR...BUT WHEN ITS ON YOU NEED TO SUPPORT OUR PEOPLE! Help them return... Are you gonna tell a young guy he lost his legs for nothing!? again!

    June 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. james ainoris

    It is true however that we need to win the hearts and minds of people in order that they no longer hate us.... I think the youth of Iran will overthrow current leadership... Today is "D day" and I lost family in this battle.... many good people got together and fought evil.... I do respect people that decide not to fight but they should share in the effort. These modern drones will improve to the point were they can hit the 1970s we made it illegal to hire assasins with public money... it may be time to reconsider such a law. Think how many innocents could be saved. eg stalin,hitler,mao et al taken out before genocide...will this make us like them? we dont have tens of millions of murdered humans in mass graves in our history...america is not perfect ...lets build it up and improve rather than tear it down... think of all who gave their lives today on the beaches of france....

    June 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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