Friday, December 11, 2009

Al-Qaeda Leader Possibly Killed in CIA Drone Attack

A Central Intelligence Agency drone is believed to have killed a top strategist and spokesman for al Qaeda, Abu Yahya al-Libi, in the tribal areas of Pakistan near the Afghan border, according to officials familiar with the strike.

Top Al Qaeda strategist Abu Yahya al-Libi is believed to have been killed by a CIA drone. Mr. al-Libi has been one of the most sought-after terrorist targets since his escape from the prison at Bagram Air Force base in 2005. A rising star in al Qaeda, he was on the CIA's list of top-20 al Qaeda targets, according to an official familiar with the list.

He was killed Tuesday near Miram Shah in North Waziristan. He was believed to be under the protection of the Haqqani network, a militant group with a tight relationship with al Qaeda. The State Department announced a $1 million award earlier this year for information leading to his capture. "Based on a Pakistani tip, the Americans got him," one official said.



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