U.S. still uncertain of jihadist leader’s death
March 3rd, 2013
01:56 PM ET

U.S. still uncertain of jihadist leader’s death

By Barbara Starr

The Obama administration is still searching through incoming intelligence reports to look for specific evidence to confirm that jihadist Moktar Belmoktar was killed in a raid by Chad military on a jihadist base in northeastern Mali, a senior U.S. official tells CNN.

"We don't have enough evidence to support the claim" made by Chad, the official said. But he emphasized the U.S. is taking it seriously and "not dismissing it out of hand."

"We want to have a level of certainty about it before we say it’s true, and we are not there yet," the official said.

He emphasized the U.S. will be looking at the broadest range of intelligence information it can to try to verify Belmoktar's death. "We'll be looking at things you can't even think of," he said. FULL POST