Al Qaeda leader targeted in drone strike
June 5th, 2012
09:59 AM ET

Al Qaeda leader targeted in drone strike

UPDATE:  U.S. officials confirmed Tuesday afternoon that al-Libi was killed in the drone strike.

With reporting from Barbara Starr

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.

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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.


Filed under: Al Qaeda • drones • Pakistan • Terrorism
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  11. StanCalif

    Pakistan is in moaning! Yet another terrorist (who pays the Pakis for protection) is gone! Even Mitt Romney must be having a sleepless night! He has to rewrite all his campaign speeches because by November, Obama will have destroyed Al Quida! Will the GOP continue to preach that George W's policies alone made this possible? George W. never eliminated one significant terrorist leader! It just wasn't that important. Protecting huge profits from war was the priority! Obama has successfully proven that the GOP is completely wrong! Wars CAN be ended!
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    June 5, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  14. George Patton

    I guess that if this guy gets murdered by a C.I.A. drone, there'll be another field day in Washington D.C. How disgusting!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply

    We all know the dirty games India is playing in the region...financing terrorists who are killing US/NATO/Pakistani troops ....undermining democracies, paying off some factions of talibans protection money so they won't do another Mumbai attack, All this because they are scared of Al Qaeda and Talibans. INDIANS....we dare you to stop hiding behind American skirts and come out in the open and face these terrorists eye to eye and NOT to run away from them and take bullets in the back. We dare you cowards !!!!

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    I bet he wasn't even there.

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