U.S. Officials Report Al Qaeda No. 2 Killed In Drone Strike |
Al Qaeda’s second in command an Abu Yahya al Libi was killed in a U.S. drone strike earlier this week according to U.S. officials. The attack, which occurred in Pakistan, was the third such strike in several days and the 21st suspected U.S. drone strike in Pakistan this year. An anonymous U.S. official told CNN, “There is no one who even comes close in terms of replacing the expertise (al Qaeda) has just lost.” Al-Libi “played a critical role in the group’s planning against the West, providing oversight of the external operations efforts,” the official told CNN. Al-Libi served as Al Qaeda’s No. 2 to Ayman al-Zawahiri and made frequent appearances in the terrorist organization’s Internet videos. He was captured in 2002 and imprisoned at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan but escaped in 2005.