June 5th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Al-Libi death a major blow for al Qaeda

By Paul Cruickshank

Abu Yahya al-Libi is universally admired in jihadist circles and among the younger generation of al Qaeda leaders.  Charismatic, intelligent, a religious scholar - and with the extra qualification of having escaped from U.S. custody in Afghanistan - his loss is "a cataclysmic blow" to al Qaeda, according to analysts who follow the group.

Al-Libi was the target of a U.S. drone strike this week, a U.S. official tells CNN's Barbara Starr.    A U.S. official told CNN's Pam Benson that al-Libi is dead.

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In recent years, al-Libi emerged as one of the terrorist network's most important clerics and propagandists, appearing in countless videos. By most accounts, he was effectively al Qaeda's deputy leader. And his Libyan nationality is important to an organization that after the elevation of Ayman al-Zawahiri as leader was vulnerable to criticism it was dominated by Egyptians.

Noman Benotman, a former senior member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who spent significant time with al-Libi in the 1990s, told CNN that his death is a "very serious blow" to al Qaeda because no one else within the group rivals his legitimacy as a religious scholar nor has the credibility in the Arab world to provide Islamic justifications for al Qaeda's global campaign of terrorism.

"Awlaki wasn't even close," said Benotman, referring to Yemeni-American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen last year.

Al-Libi (real name: Hasan Muhamad Qayed) was born in Marzaq in the southwest Sabha province deep inside Libya's interior. As a young man he studied chemistry for one year at Sabha University but, like many young Libyans, was swept up in an Islamic awakening hostile to the Gadhafi regime that arose in Libya in the late 1980s.

As an outlet for their frustration, and a chance to participate in Holy War, al-Libi and his brother, Abd al-Wahab al-Qayed (also subsequently known as Idris), were among the many young Libyans who traveled to Afghanistan to fight jihad against the Soviet-backed government.  In 1990 his brother was one of the founding members of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which fought a failed campaign to overthrow the rule of Moammar Gadhafi in the mid 1990s.

Benotman, who is now a senior analyst at the Quilliam Foundation in London, first spent time with al-Libi around 1990-1991 in Afghanistan. He recalls that al-Libi was always much more interested in religious learning than fighting.

"He was a very smart guy and hungry to learn about Sharia law," Benotman told CNN.

After a few years in Afghanistan, al-Libi traveled to Mauretania, where he undertook religious studies for two years under well-known scholars, according to Benotman. "He was the best student they had," Benotman said.

Benotman noticed the change in al-Libi when he returned to Afghanistan: "He was a real and serious Sharia student." In the mid-1990s al-Libi moved to Sudan with other LIFG fighters after conditions for Arab fighters became difficult in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region.  Separately, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda also relocated there. Benotman said that al-Libi took no operational role in the coordination of a insurgent campaign the group began against the Gadhafi in Libya around this time.

"He didn't have fighting skills or knowledge of military leadership," Benotman told CNN.

After the Taliban took over much of Afghanistan in 1996, al-Libi settled in Kabul, according to Benotman. Al-Libi's religious views leaned toward the extreme, said Benotman, but he did not subscribe to the ultra-hardline "takfiri" interpretation of Islam that argued for the permissibility of killing those regarded by some Sunnis as "heretical" Muslims - like the Shia.

In late 2001, al-Libi's world was turned upside down when the United States routed the Taliban in Afghanistan. Like many Arab fighters he fled across the border to Pakistan, where he holed up in an apartment block with other militants in Karachi, according to Benotman.

But a Pakistani raid in 2002 led to his arrest and he was quickly handed over to American authorities, who held him in a prison in Kandahar, according to Benotman. He was subsequently transferred to an American detention facility at Bagram air base near Kabul.

It was al-Libi's escape from the prison in July 2005 that shot him to jihadist stardom. His nighttime escape was featured in a subsequent jihadist propaganda video narrated by a fellow escapee, who claimed that as American soldiers patrolled it was al-Libi who cut a wire mesh fence, allowing them to escape and eventually connect with the Taliban fighters in Kabul.

Al-Libi himself appeared in the video in which he alleged the Americans were responsible for severe human rights violations, claiming that when a new prisoner arrived, he would be abused and humilated until "he almost loses his mind."

After some time in hiding in Afghanistan, al-Libi traveled to the tribal areas of Pakistan, which were increasingly becoming a new safe haven for Arab fighters and al Qaeda operatives. His views on jihad were increasingly in line with the terrorist group.  In December 2006 he appeared in a video urging jihadists to learn how to make nuclear weapons.

Al-Libi became one of al Qaeda's chief ideologues and propagandists, appearing in numerous recruitment videos in which he cast himself as a sheikh with the legitimacy to issue fatwas.

His eloquent Arabic addresses, several of which were made to groups of fighters sitting crossed-legged outdoors in the tribal areas of Pakistan, were filmed and disseminated online, and won him a significant audience among a radical fringe of young Muslims in the Arab world.

Part of al-Libi's appeal to young Muslims radicalized by the Iraq war was his uncompromising ideology. But there were limits to his radicalism. According to Benotman he was concerned about the negative fallout of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's barbaric campaign in Iraq.

In 2008 al-Zawahiri cited a tract written by the Libyan to justify al Qaeda's campaign of terrorism. The tract was titled "Human Shields in Modern Jihad."  According to Jarret Brachman, an American academic who has long studied al Qaeda, al-Libi argued that al Qaeda could take on the West only if it engaged "in a fierce war using weapons of mass destruction" and that this would entail Muslim casualties.

As drone strikes began to take their toll on al Qaeda in 2008, killing a number of senior leaders, al-Libi appeared to play a more hands-on military role in the organization despite his lack of combat experience.

Bryant Neal Vinas, a young American from Long Island who was recruited into al Qaeda, testified in a recent court case that during the late summer of 2008 he participated in an expedition to attack a U.S. base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border with a group of fighters under the command of al-Libi, whom he described as the "emir" of an al Qaeda outfit based in Lwara, Pakistan, near the Afghan border.

Benotman said that al-Libi's military role should not be exaggerated. "He's not a frontline fighter or someone very capable of military strategy," he told CNN.

Brachman and other counterterrorism analysts came to see al-Libi as a natural successor to bin Laden because of his charisma and religious credentials. In an interview with CNN in 2009, Benotman was sceptical al-Libi would be effective in the top job:  "He lacks the management skills of a bin Laden; the ability to see the big picture and think strategically.  Hardcore Salafists don't think practically because they believe God will help them through."

By the second half of 2010, as more senior al Qaeda operatives were killed or captured, al-Libi was thrust into a managerial role. But within the al Qaeda hierarchy he was still junior to another Libyan within the group.

Letters recovered from bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad suggest al-Libi developed a working relationship with Atiyah abd al-Rahman, who in mid-2010 took over al Qaeda's day-to-day operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan and became bin Laden's main interlocutor within the terrorist organization until al-Rahman's death in a drone strike in August 2011.

Al-Rahman was known as a strategic thinker but also a pragmatist. In December 2010 he and al-Libi wrote a joint letter to Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, to scold him for the group's indiscriminate killing of Muslim civilians and use of kidnapping, which they said was hurting the jihadist cause in Pakistan. A copy of the letter was subsequently found in Abbottabad.

After the death of al-Rahman, counterterrorism officials believe, al-Libi stepped into his shoes in managing the day-to-day operations of the terrorist network and its relations with affiliates.

Benotman says that like al-Rahman, al-Libi had significant influence with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al Qaeda's North African affiliate, and Al-Shabaab, the network's Somali affiliate.  "They respect him, love him, and listen to him," Benotman told CNN. His loss might therefore damage al-Zawahiri's ability to coax the affiliates into following his strategic guidance.

After the onset of the Arab Spring in 2011, al-Libi took a lead role in al Qaeda's propaganda efforts to try to turn events to their advantage.
Benotman said that it is here and in his justification of al Qaeda's global campaign of attacks that his loss would be most keenly felt.  The Libyan cleric was able to describe the stakes arising from the Arab uprising in religious terms more effectively than any other al Qaeda leader, according to Benotman.

Addressing Libyan followers in a wide-ranging video address in December 2011, al-Libi said, "At this crossroads you have found yourselves, you either choose a secular regime that pleases the greedy crocodiles of the West and for them to use it as a means to fulfill their goals, or you take a strong position and establish the religion of Allah."

With his death, it is possible there may be a backlash by pro al Qaeda forces in Libya. According to several sources, al Qaeda has developed a presence in eastern Libya, where it has recruited and trained several hundred fighters.  Last month a previously unknown jihadist outfit calling itself the Imprisoned Omar Abdel Rahman Brigades claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the Red Cross in Benghazi.

Al-Libi, in a video released late last year, claimed his own death would not hurt al Qaeda's cause:

"I say to America: Don't have hopes that you are about to defeat al Qaeda. Let al Qaeda be defeated and all their leaders and individuals be killed, and then what? The battle with America today is not with an organization or a group or a sect, but it is a battle with the Ummah of Islam," meaning the global Islamic community.

soundoff (320 Responses)
  1. madnyc

    If our government really wants to deal a blow to al Qaeda we will stop supporting the racist apartheid state of Israel as well as all forms of Zionism. Those factors are the real reason these terrorists exist in the first place. al Qada's manifesto says nothing about "hating our freedom" and EVERYTHING about the intolerable acts of terrorism in the Middle East which the U.S. supports. So we'll triumph over terrorists when WE stop being terrorists also.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • Luke

      Including all the acts Palestinians have done too!

      June 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
    • Peikovianyi

      It was the racist apartheid state of Palestine that attacked Jews there and recruited Muslims to kill them in Europe. So you are a hypocrite, a propagandist, and a liar.

      June 6, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
    • rick

      islamic center bulletin board speaks with forked tongue as usual, damn that hookah!

      June 6, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
  2. axby

    Only one Al Qaeda leader of any significance left. Thank you Mr. President. Sad day for Al Qaeda's supporters - they have nothing left to support.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  3. 60minuteman

    Hey Robmey. It looks like Obama just "appeased" another terrorist.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Reply
    • axby

      @60minuteman Yep. That is exactly the kind of President, and that is exactly the kind of "appeasement" the whole world needs. Pakistan is running out of their terrorists with this kind of "appeasement".

      June 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Reply
  4. krm1007 ©™

    Now that we have decimated Al Qaeda and have the Talibans under wraps (timely...just before elections) Obama can start focusing on Indian Occupied Kashmir and Palestine problems that have beleagured him and the world for the past 60+years. I don't believe there will be peace unless these issues are resolved.I ma sure there are others. Let's do it and reprogram the drones now that Al Qaeda is done.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
    • axby

      @krm1007 - Amen dude. There are too many Mooslimes in Palestine and Kashmere. Obama can take care of those jerks too just like he took good care of al-Libi, Osama. Awlaki and a bunch of their supporters. Drone'em all. Send'em to h3ll.

      June 5, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
      • Scars

        Ah yes, America truly is a Christian nation. Jesus would be so proud.

        June 6, 2012 at 6:50 am |
      • Rev. Dwayne Johansen

        The hindu agenda is to decimate Christians in India and elsewhere. Read below. This will not be tolerated. We are watching.

        NEW, MORE DANGEROUS HINDU EXTREMIST GROUPS EMERGE IN INDIA

        Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
        PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

        Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

        Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities.

        June 6, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  5. flossmore

    72 virgins.......all the WINE you can drink..... I thought these 2-faced bestards weren't supposed to drink alcohol ?? At any rate, love the drones.....no one ever in harms way // keep nailing these retarded f–k-ers.....the more, the merrier !!
    Abu al fuk-alot

    June 5, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
    • T-Bone Thakur

      Red wine, filet mignon, virgins seem like a nice combo. Your restaurant? La Chaim

      June 5, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
      • axby

        Al Qaeda enjoys only male virgins. al-Libi got Osama as a reward from Allah for his lifetime contributions to serving Allah's cause.

        June 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • jr

        @axby for your reading pleasure a stellar example of a hindu pedophile

        Sadly Gandhi: Defining the Hindu way...Use the front and the back.!!!!

        Among the various charges disclosed in the book: Gandhi not only slept in beds with young women under the age of 18, but also engaged in a long-term, gay affair with German-Jewish architect and bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach, for whom India's peace icon at one point left his wife in 1908. As the Wall Street Journal reports:

        June 6, 2012 at 8:38 am |
    • max

      I think most jihadists haven't even figured out that their vision of Paradise is no more than a mega-medieval brothel.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
  6. Wayne

    Reblogged this on luvsiesous and commented:
    CNN reported that Islam endorses terrorism.

    You really gotta love CNN. All these years they have written that only Islamic extremists endorsed terrorism. But, now they reported that the recent assassination of a cleric has dealt a blow to Islamic justification for terror.

    Which way is it?

    It is one way or it is the other.

    But, until a hundred thousand reporters are killed by terrorists, they won't clean up their hate speech ....

    IMHO.

    And in my opinion, the terrorists would be doing us a favor.

    What do you think?

    Is it time news gets cleaned up and starts reporting the news again?

    June 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • T-Bone Thakur

      Let me know what you think of this.....

      New, More Dangerous Hindu Extremist Groups Emerge in India

      Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
      PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

      Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

      Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Reply
      • Ravi

        I don't care what you say or write. I was born a Hindu in India and studied in a private Convent Catholic School throughout my student life. To this day, I recite my English prayer that was taught to me by our Catholic Father. My kids recite the same prayer every morning. I love Christians just as I don't despise Muslims. In my faith we are taught to love one another.

        The thread that you are referring is either concocted or is an isolated incident which you have very conveniently advertised to spread hatred and divisiveness among religious sects.

        My message to you is to spread love not hatred!

        June 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
      • Jasper

        These are facts pertaining to hatred of Hindus against the Christians. You need to look in the mirror and face up and cease these atrocities against minorities in India....Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis etc. Stop the genocide in Kashmir. What you write is BS and a smokesscreen. i have lived in India and i have seen first hand the discrimination against minorities and prevalent caste system degrading to human beings. Shame on you.

        June 6, 2012 at 8:42 am |
  7. Roelof

    Good work! Personally I would like to see a drone bomb sharia4belgium or Belbian trow them into a meat machine and feed them to the piggs, after that sell that halal meat to Morocco, so they can eat their own breeding S**T. (sorry).

    June 5, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  8. Gabriel

    Good, another one bites the dust, keep up the good work! Terrorism shall not prevail.

    June 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  9. john

    The best way would be to nuke the area bordering between Afghanistan and Pakistan where these blood sucking parasites where these pigs are hiding.These cowards should be eradicated once and for all.

    June 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Michelle

      I'm sick and tired of these idiot, racist hate-mongers posting and seeming to represent my country. These posts, the majority, do not represent the general publics feelings. Why dont you all STFU. You're not going to continue this instigation. You will be seen to be the cowards and racists you are. We WILL have progress, and you wont stop it.

      June 6, 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply
  10. Flyboy7588

    What is with these Islamic clowns always pointing their fingers at us when they spew their crap???

    June 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  11. allenwoll

    And yet our Radical-Extremist-Evangelicals would just LOVE to establish THEOCRACY here is the U S ! ! !

    Go figure ! !

    Apparently the problem is NOT so much ISLAM as simply ANY form of radical religious extremism ! ! !

    Our problems in the U S are twofold -

    1. Radical Extreme Religions

    2. Radical Extreme Corporations

    BOTH want to press the life OUT from the people ! ! !

    June 5, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  12. Yakobi

    Drone for president 2012!

    June 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  13. Frodo1008

    Those conservative types that would give no credit to President Obama (and yes it was our military that actually performed the task, but such operations are of such a nature as to require approval from the very to, and that would be the Commander In Chief) for an operation such as this was would be the first ones to condemn him for a failure to act at all!!

    The also may not realize it, but just because he is up for a possibly close election, he STILL has to be the POTUS!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • sez

      Really?

      June 5, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • BunnyBunny

      Obama's foreign policies have been amazing when you think about what he walked into in Jan 2009 and where we are today.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  14. gullkhan

    no. of drone stritkes and the killings what you publish in media in order to continue the main agenda is to kill foriegn troops too in equall numbers across the pak aborder..see just ur official figures of last month 46 foriegn troops killed(unofficial must be more than ) and drones killed almost equal no. of people ...what u gained? have u saved ur people...never!!It would continue...u.s wants this chain reaction to kill their own troops daily bases

    June 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • Truth

      The day Pakistan is forced to stop supporting the terrorist you will have no room to hide.

      Since last 10 yrs Taliban doesn't control Afghanistan. The top taliban leadership is either dead or are underground in Pakistan. This is strategic win for USA from any standards.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  15. Truth

    give me a D.... Give me a R.... Give me a O... Give me a N... Give me a E... Give me a DRONE!!

    or just send it to Pakistan and bomb the bad guys.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  16. Elodie St. Clair

    Barack Obama: the most successful Commander-in-Chief since FDR.

    Smarter is better.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • TRUTHsquad

      What about Bill Clinton?

      June 5, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  17. Dante666

    Well one more down for the count. Let's hope those virgins are waiting for him. Actually – he is probably happy to be with Alla and his former friends. Was he blown up (into little pieces?) or was he a charred lump.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Nobel

      He is probably being served as BBQ to his executioners in some place called hell.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  18. Rupper

    Too bad, so sad. Right about now, some pigs in he*l are chomping on his useless carcass.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  19. Wuchi2me

    Sounds like the Quilliam Foundation is a haven for current salafists?

    June 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  20. Truth

    Sad day for Pakistan...another of its HERO bites the dust!

    June 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  21. Shockwave

    So he fought against the Russians. Who gave him the weapons to fight with? The US, that's who.

    And the Arab Spring where so many people finally got rid of the tyrants ruling them? Whose aircraft bombed the Libyan armed forces so they couldn't kill millions of Libyans? The US, that's who.

    And somehow, we are the bad guys? About the only thing we are guilty of is siding with you muslims against the Russians; had we known you'd hate us so much for helping you, we'd have helped the Russians utterly crush you. But as they say, hindsight is 20/20, and no good deed goes unpunished.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Truth

      Hello... just because you helped us fight the Russians doesn't give you license to terrorise the world!

      We are just cleaning up the DIRT we left in Afghanistan back in 1990.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
  22. politicalrafa

    Great but .... How many "Al Qaeda's number two" have we killed over the years? And how come the last one is always "the one that really mattered"?

    This reeks of propaganda.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • FactChecker

      In fact, a few years ago experts used to say that killing number 2 didn't matter that much because they can be replaced. But after killing 16-20 of them, the supply is getting thin. I don't think we anticipated this many being killed. It's not easy to do.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Reply
  23. politicalrafa

    This is great but ..... how many "Al Qaeda number two" people have we killed and how come the last one is always the one who matters? Reeks of propaganda.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Truth

      Today the yesterdays No 3 will become the No 2. Just keep sending all of them to HELL!

      June 5, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Reply
    • Elodie St. Clair

      This is the first time we've ever killed #2. Al Zawahiri was #2 behind Bin Laden since day one until he was promoted by default.

      We've killed several #3's. But never a #2. After the Bin Laden raid, this is our most important strike to date.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  24. Nyarlathotep

    Time to turn in that Peace Prize, Barry.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      He put this animal out of his misery and saved numerous lives. Obama should be given a prize by PETA. More Nobel prizes or not, he will certainly get my vote for sure.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • Elodie St. Clair

      So in your mind, letting Al Qaeda flourish will bring the world MORE peace?

      Something tells me you haven't thought this through.

      Obama is the most precisely efficient Commander-in-Chief in our nation's history. Some of that is technological. But most of it is restraint and vision.

      The end sum of these strikes is a far more safe and peaceful world. Any other assertion is just flat out wrong.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • tajw

        Elodie St. Clair said: "Obama is the most precisely efficient Commander-in-Chief in our nation's history. Some of that is technological. But most of it is restraint and vision. "

        Really? You believe that? Please give some sort of justification for that statement, as I certainly don't believe it, nor will 98% of our military, both current and past. There is very little respect for this administration and it's policies among those who serve and have served. But perhaps you live in an alternate reality, like most liberals.

        June 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • Jonquil

      We're at War and he's our Commander in Chief. He didn't start these wars, but he is ending them. He's also worked hard to treat the needs of other peoples with respect and patience, which is something US Presidents aren't known for. Don't be simplistic.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  25. Truth

    Congrats USA. Good Job.

    Now he will enjoy the company of 72 virgins...LoL. Send all of them to to their Virgins!

    June 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • Truth

      Even if USA withdraws from Afghanistan the DRONE attacks should continue!!! Else there is a high chance that the evil Taliban will raise its ugly head once again.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • boobs

      at the rate of 72 virgins per jihadi there won't be too many virgins left

      June 5, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
      • axby

        Osama likes male virgins. All Al Qaeda members like male virgins. There is no shortage of those in Mooslime world. Send 'em all to Mooslime gay heaven.

        June 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
  26. TheUmpire

    Obama lied, and the economy died.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • STFU

      You're in the wrong article imbecile.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • Elodie St. Clair

      The economy died in September of 2008. In the 8th year of Bush's Presidency.

      Obama had nothing to do with it.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • sovietarchangel

      the reason obama is taking this long to fix the economy is all you republicans are clogging up congress. thats whats hurting us not obama. and since when did you guys think the economy would be fixed in one term? its the entire economy!! not a leak in tha faucet.

      June 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  27. Mike O

    GREAT NEWS,,,GET ALL THESE DIRTBAGS.............who kill innocent people, but the good ole USA will get you next taliban boys...........

    June 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  28. Panties

    It's all for the best. And, I totally approve.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  29. Americal69

    has there ever been a drone strike that didn't get a "major" player?

    June 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

      Bush spent eight years in Afghanistan and five in Iraq and he didn't get one single operateive! Perhaps he didn't know what he was looking for! WMD's Ha, what an idiot!

      June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

      It is election time...the man is struggling to get reelected.....there is more to come as elections get near. It is all timed to coincide with US presidential elections.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Struggling on what, the failed polices and desasters he inherited from your republican friends? Obama/Biden by a landslide in 2012!

        June 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

        If I was Obama I would be calling Uhaul. Donald Trump "The Donald" has created more jobs than Obama. LOL!!!!

        June 5, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • STFU

      Sometimes they hit Pakistanis.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  30. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    If we could just drone the mother-f-ing conservative confederate rednecks in congress., the f-ing unemployement rate would be at 1%! Damn mother-f-ing rednecks!

    June 5, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      i like the cut of your jib.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • STFU

      Where do I sign up.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • tajw

      Funny...you must have missed the disclaimer by CNN on a lively and courteos discussion following the rules of conduct...oh wait...you're a liberal. Never mind, rules don't apply to you, only to conservatives. I forgot.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  31. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Thank you President Obama, the Greatest President and Commander-in-Chief in US history!

    June 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  32. aurelius

    Pakistan's refusal to condone these missions amounts to a declaration of war to the US. Pakistan is America's No. enemy; not Iran.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
    • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

      Pakistan single handedly won the Vietnam war for Americans in Afghanistan ma man while we hindu Indians were cuddling with communist USSR and our soldiers were hiding in bunkers scared. What say you swami? Pakistan and USA are welded at the hips. Don't let them fool you.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  33. PJ

    Another victory for Obama and another reason to fear a Romney Presidency.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • Hof

      Are your parents charging rent?

      June 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
      • Darkwiz

        Yeah, and they said you're 4 months due already...time to pay up.

        June 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
      • Reilleyfam

        No, he does "favors" for your mom so she lets him stay for free.

        June 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  34. Steve

    I wish I had a dollar for every "cataclysmic blow" to al Qaeda we've delivered.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • joep199

      Would you prefer that we just let them regroup and reorganize so they can carry out another 9/11 type attack?

      June 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • scott

      you would have 2 dollars steve....this one and the one for bin laden...not even enough for a happy meal...

      June 5, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahahaha

        I'm happy!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahaha

        June 5, 2012 at 9:14 pm |
  35. Charles Nesbit

    Let's get it over with please. Drone the heck out of this bunch of neandertalers and let's enjoy a little peace on Earth.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
    • Maria Segarra

      Peace for all of us would be joy. I feel sad for the family of Al Libi. They like us have lost a loved one. Unfortunately Al Libi was NOT under the influence of Allah. He had sold his soul to the gread deceiver. The arrogant are easy prey for the great deceiver. We need to remain focused on peace and justice not revenge and evil. The Drones serve this purpose. Let us all pray that the innocent are left. Let us pray that the Great Deceiver loses its hold over the Jihadists. When that happens we will know peace. We can then extend hands across our differrences and unite in healing.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  36. semper fi

    To all those who have served and sacrificed for us I proudly say thank you. Congrats to those who hit this target and all who continue to rid the world from these cell bags. Semper Fi

    June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  37. harvey

    Good Show .... go get another snot bucket

    June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  38. hecep

    Ahhh. The benefit of reward money should never be underestimated.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  39. Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

    Lord have Mercy !!!!

    NEW, MORE DANGEROUS HINDU EXTREMIST GROUPS EMERGE IN INDIA

    Christians concerned as rightwing factions splinter to form militant outfits.
    PUNE, India, October 29 (CDN) — After more than a decade of severe persecution, India’s Christian minority is growing increasingly concerned over the mushrooming of newer and deadlier Hindu extremist groups.

    Gone are the days when Christians had to watch out only for the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council) and its youth wing, Bajrang Dal, which are closely linked with the most influential Hindu extremist umbrella organization, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). With voter support faltering for the RSS’s political wing, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), moderate and extremist sections within the Hindu nationalist movement are blaming each other, and militant splinter groups have emerged.

    Claiming to be breakaway factions of the RSS, new groups with even more extreme ideology are surfacing. The Abhinav Bharat (Pride of India), the Rashtriya Jagran Manch (National Revival Forum), the Sri Ram Sene (Army of god Rama), the Hindu Dharam Sena (Army for Hindu Religion) and the Sanatan Sanstha (Eternal Organization) have launched numerous violent attacks on Christian and Muslim minorities.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • Jim Corbett 1961

      Nice try to drag in India...

      FYI...

      IIndia's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is a Sikh
      IIndia's Congress governing party is Presided by Sonia Gandhi a Christian
      IIndia's President Prathiba Patil is a woman
      IIndia's past President Abdul Kalam is a Muslim
      IIndia's Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari is a Muslim

      ... and India is a Hindu majority country.

      India is a country of a billion with billion problems, but international terrorism is not one of them. So let them take care of their internal issues.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
      • Sheikha Bhavana Bint Deepa

        So what? Why are we murdering Christians and Sikhs et al. Why is there a genocide going on in Indian Occupied Kashmir? Is that what India is all about? This is not India's internal matter anymore. It is creating terrorism and extremism in the region with global reach. India needs to address these issues without any further delay or the american drones are headed to India as well.

        June 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • Mahadev

      Typical of a stupid female. Blabber crap.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  40. bp

    I'm sick and tired of Obama coddling terrorists.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • lgny

      Drones do such a wonderful job of "coddling".

      June 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
      • Darkwiz

        Lol...rocket cuddling....somehow it's a "soft" thing.

        June 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Timus

      He's coddling them to death!!!! Wait I have a better one....He's coddling the hell out of them!!!

      June 5, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  41. Cadiz

    Looks like Ayman al-Zawahiri is bracketed. They got his boss last year and his next in line this year. Hopefully a nice missile will find a way up an uncomfortable orifice soon. He will soon be one of Shaitan's 'virgins'.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  42. Snit

    I, too, was dealt a big blow last night. It was awesome.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
    • HAHAHA

      Why doesn't CNN have a vote up button?

      June 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Jeffsixpack

      Got a good chuckle outta that one 🙂

      June 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
    • sovietarchangel

      hahahahahaha!!!!

      June 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  43. Northstar

    I really wish people would stop posting insulting things on here about various peoples, races and religions. It diminishes you, and our country. Finally – well done drones! So glad to rid the earth of these monsters.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  44. Eli

    Fools bringing guns to a drone fight.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  45. Dronaaa !!

    Keep up the Good work !!!!!!!!! Drones !

    June 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  46. Dronaaa !!

    Drones Rock !!!!!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  47. Mrs. Katz

    President Obama bags another bad guy.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Hof

      Please re-read the article. Joe Biden's name is nowhere to be found.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • George

      Yeah, our boys in uniform had nothing to do with that **rolls eyes before face palming**

      June 5, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
      • Elodie St. Clair

        Bush created two failed wars. The greatest attack ever on our soil occurred on his watch. He cancelled the Bin Laden task force, letting the trail run cold. He failed to catch Bin Laden. He left office with almost all of Al Qaeda's senior leadership firmly intact. And he left office with Al Qaeda growing and flourishing.

        Obama has ended one of Bush's losing wars. Is winding down the second. He massively increased our number of Al Qaeda intelligence personnel. As a result, he killed Bin Laden. He has wiped out a whole array of senior Al Qaeda leadership leaving the organization crippled and shrinking. He played the Arab Spring like a Stradivarius. He's taken out Iran's three top nuclear scientists. He's hobbled their nuclear network with devastating cyber attacks. And he's started zero losing wars.

        Obama is inarguably the most successful Commander-in-Chief since FDR.

        June 5, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  48. Sheikh Krishna bin Govind

    Let this be a lesson for India that it must cease financing the terrorists and address the Kashmir genocide issue (among others such as Tamils, Maoists etc.) in order for peace to prevail in south asia.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      You hit the nail right on the head. Time to take India to the woodshed unless they open up the markets for Americans to squeeze them dry.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • juanmoretime

      Pakistan is not a democracy an it's a failed state. India IS a democracy and rising as an economic power. India is much more technologically advanced with a large educated class. Pakistan is full of madrassas or islamic schools that teach hate and violence. I would rather have India as an ally than a backward sh.t hole like Pakistan.

      June 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  49. Raffe

    Does "analysts who follow the group" mean: Noman Benotman – The Libyan? The former terrorist ever popping up when there's an obituary to br made up over a fallen "terrorist", now making a good living analyzing the deaths of his former comrades. The former "dark Angel" now gone "white".

    June 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  50. TheZel

    drones rock

    June 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Boeing

      "To drone or not to drone. That is the question"

      June 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
      • hecep

        whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the smart-bombs and hellfire missiles of outrageous fortune...

        June 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
      • Truth

        How often to DRONE thats the question! :-))

        June 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  51. Raffe

    Just wait until they start using drones on you... By the way: cataclysmic? There must be a at least one deputy now taking over...

    June 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • TheZel

      drones on me? no thanks, I'm with the good guys.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Reply
      • Raffe

        That's what the "good guys" will do to the "good guys" when they're weary and fed up blowing up terrorist's. Someone has to be "droned" ever after(the terrorist's are gone).

        June 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • It ain't over

      In loosely-organized groups such as al Quaeda, people like this man are important, but not irreplacable. Someone is already stepping into his place. Al Quada operatives are not stupid. They use assumed names that they change constantly, they keep moving, and they do not use cell phones or the internet. If the drones wipe out al Quada in Pakistan, they Yemen or Oman or another area becomes the command structure. This fight is far from over. Imagine what YOU would do if drones started killing people in your neighborhood, your family, people you respect. Would you say, "Well, I guess they win." Of course you wouldn't. The drone attacks would simply hone the edge of your hatred until you would do anything you could to avenge the deaths of those you respected and cared for. No matter what the culture, the beliefs, humans are the same, have the same emotions, all over the world. Beating a culture into submission has never ever worked. It won't work with al Quada, either.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • sovietarchangel

      oh great another paranoid hillbilly. you know what keep hiding!!! the governments after you!

      June 5, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Reply
  52. maggotfist

    What's the difference between an ignorant, dirt worshiping, illiterate from the middle ages and a modern radical Muslim?

    June 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  53. scott

    Amazing how these major blows to al queda never seem to slow them down very much...alot like the chinese population, they just keep coming and coming....

    June 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Diana R

      No, Scott, there is no reason for amazement. Contrary to what you wrote, the drone strikes have "slowed them down". When was the last time Al Qaeda attacked the U.S.? Do you think the lack of attacks is because Al Qaeda doesn't want to attack the U.S.? Or might it be because the loss of so many of their leadership has rendered them unable to mount such attacks?

      June 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  54. willkriski

    Amazing detail in this article. Too bad Romney won't go into Pakistan. Obama's kicking ass!

    June 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • Kim

      Congrads President Obama!!!!! Best president in my lifetime!!!!

      June 5, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • KC

        Yeah.. he did a great job of personally tracking this guy down. He is a true Jedi Warrior.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  55. T'is Himself

    Another one bites the dust,...............

    June 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  56. KennyD

    Chuck Norris would have killed him months ago!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Delta Force!! Chuck Norris is the man – the worst Pakistani nightmare.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • Boeing

      Chuck uses Hellfire missiles for toothpicks.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  57. M R Khawaja

    No Comments those who kill deserve to die he was not a pakistani so what he was doing on pakistani soil so pakistani should not feel or complain about it but they must when pakistani specialy innocent pakistanis are killed.
    american should understand there were many more killed mostly civilians in pakistan but who cares as long as they are not Americans or their agents question is how American feel if collatral damage were Americans will they enjoy as well.
    but they the Americans like torture and killing it is in their nature.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Then why didn't you arrest him yourselves? There are so many more of your fellow Pakistan terrorists with millions of dollars worth bounty on their heads. Go get them - and we will pay you to do the job. But if you don't, we will do it for you. But then you will not get paid if we have to do it ourselves. That makes you mad, doesn't it?

      June 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • Tad Pole

      I can only assume that english is not your first language. I would suggest you invest some time in learning it, if in fact you wish to use it to communicate ideas, thoughts, or feelings. As it is now, your words do not translate into anything coherent.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • Leonardo

        Let me guess, Tad Pole, you speak absolutely no foreign language at all?

        June 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • TheZel

        he doesn't need to... he's american.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • P123

      @Tad Pole - Not his fault. M R Khwaja attended a Madrassa (a Pakistani religious school). Pakistanis have Madrassa, not a real schools, where they teach hatred and ignorance. You need to show Madrassa education on your resume to get a job with the Pakistani Al Qaeda.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Innkahoots

      Sorry, but your statement is so poorly written that all I got out of it is that America Bad. As far as colateral damage of innocent civilians, that would be everyone in and around the twin towers when they fell. So yes we have a rather good understanding of the pain that some might feel.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • joep199

      Hunt them down yourselves instead of letting them prosper like noxious weeds in your country, then. If Pakistan did not offer them safe haven, we wouldn't be hunting them there.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • Jonquil

      I don't understand why these extremists don't see the hypocrisy of their positions. They act like we are imposing upon them, but our culture is about choice - you can choose to embrace it or not. We've never forced them to be like us. And although we are at a difficult point in relations between Muslims and other religious groups in America, Muslims have always been free to worship and share their religion with others in The USA.

      How can these extremist groupsact like oppressed victims, when they attacked us first? I feel for the innocent locals who wanted no part in this, at all, they just wanted to live their lives in peace and feed their families and have been dragged into it. It's them I feel compassion for. But al Qaeda - I just don't understand them. How do they not see how evil their beahvior is? That they want nothing lessthan genocide of all Americans? Who could be foolish enough to fall for this, thinking it's about justice and religious freedom?

      If Pakistan won't arrest them - even when we finance the expense to do so - what else should we do? I understand that Pakistan wants no part in this, but it's too late for that. These militant extremist were allowed to grow out of control, to the point where they hijacked planes and attacked buildings full of civilians. What country would consider this an acceptable danger to live with? I'm sorry, but it's not.

      June 5, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Reply
  58. KeepFearAlive

    KUDOS to our Commander in Chief !!! While the Right wing continues to snipe like retarded children at a summer camp, Obama is continuing to help keep this country safe.. another president may have said they don't think about bin laden or al queda much, but it is obviously important to continue to eradicate this scourge from the earth ... keep up the good work Obama.. even if the Republican behave in ways that show disdain and contemp for our country and it's citizens, you have done an amazing job .. considering the Turd Salad you were served by 'George and company" when you won by such an amazing landslide that the GOP still wishes to pretend Did Not Happen ...

    June 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      Actually, it wasn't an amazing landslide. I thought it would be, but it was a lot closer than I'd anticipated.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  59. Ramblr

    Should have choosen a different profession.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
  60. realPerson

    he didn't 'escape', he was let go after agreeing to be a an intelligence asset. Namely, to provide fake videos for an imaginary alquaeda.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • saurov

      hehehe, very funny.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • saurov

        after giving a deeper thought, u r correct. for the hindu holy book (the Vedas) says that actually the universe is an illusion (maya) and illusion does not permanently exist. So the Gyani (illuminated) Hindu believes the universe does not exist. Kudos man.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  61. Timus

    Are we going to give President Obama credit the this???????????? HECK YEAH!!!!! Great job Mr. President! There is no greater job for a President than keeping the country safe and the job you have done is unparalleled!!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  62. Mark

    The US has killed dozens, if not hundreds of AQ #2s. Al Qaeda's #2s are like the guys who wear red in Star Trek...

    June 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  63. Casablanca

    I'm shocked, shocked! to hear that he was in Pakistan!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      I know! The poor, poor ISI are just dealing with one failure after another!

      June 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  64. John

    The glory is solely diminishing their capabilities to plan or execute another 9/11 style attack.....that is sufficient reason to entirely snuff out this group of terrorists...Congratulations to everyone who helped to get rid of this Al Queda leader.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  65. Luke,AZ

    Good job President Obama ! , under your administration you have virtually eradicated al Qaeda.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
    • Rich

      Well, in Afghanistan and Pakistan, anyway. They're still growing in Somalia, Libya, Syria, Yemen... did I miss any? There's still a lot of work to do, but Obama's drone campaign has been a huge help.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
      • Luke,AZ

        President Obama deserves 4 more years to finish the excellent job that he is doing to keep America safe.

        June 5, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  66. LR

    Bingo!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  67. Ken

    This monster was also found in Pakistan? They are hiding all the jihadi terrorists. Can't trust Pakistan.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Reply
    • hecep

      Can't trust? To a point. I wouldn't be surprised if help came from the Pakistani security forces, although my feeling is that this sort of help is being metered out in such a way that the US would provide financial aid to Pakistan for a much longer period of time than would otherwise be the case. I believe that, for Pakistan, these terrorists are money (from the US) in the bank.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  68. Paul

    The USA is killing Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and other countries and arming them in Libya and Syria. Go figure.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Reply
    • John

      You really have no clue what is going on, do you....

      June 5, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • trcuin

      Yup. We didn't learn our lesson in the 80's by arming Iraq against the Iranians. We like building up a military so that we have something to fight further down the road.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
      • Rich

        Well, we buy their oil. They take that profit and buy our outdated military hardware, giving money back to us. Then they butcher their own people, blaming the US and Israel. We blow it up, insert new leadership, and start the cycle again.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  69. Alex

    Pakistanis are having trouble identifying the body of al-Libi. The body is clean shaven whereas they were looking for one ugly beard. The heat generated by the missile singed the facial hair. This explains the main reason why Pakistanis do not like drones – drones make identification of the bodies so difficult.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • saurov

      hehehe, cannot stop laughing. very nice.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
  70. George Patton

    I suppose there'll be a big field day in Washington if those creeps who operate those ungodly drones ever manage to murder this guy! Contrary to American public opinion, ther is no glory in killing anyone, none at all!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • jqent

      "Glory?" Who wants glory? There's a pragmatic advantage is eliminating a religious thug who justified global terror, resulting in a net increase in public sanity and safety. But no more "glory" than is involved in taking out the trash.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • Evelyn

      Al Qaeda would beg to differ with you.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
    • saurov

      the job of a soldier, policeman etc is never easy. and yet if they did not do their job would righteousness and peaceful society exist?

      June 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Nobody finds glory in killing roaches. Everyone prefers that there were no roaches in the world to begin with. But they do exist and they need to be dealt with. It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • I Robert Miran

      Any why not?

      June 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • wrm

      Maybe not, but there's necessity.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • joep199

      The only ones seeking "glory" are the terrorists. They are a plague on all humanity, and need to be wiped out like the vermin that they are.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • kpok

      but much glory invading a country for no reason at all use al quaida as the stepping stone

      June 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
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