US intelligence officials said they believe that Abu Yahya al Libi, al Qaeda's second in command and a top religious figure and ideologue, was killed in yesterday's drone strike in Pakistan.
Two US intelligence officials involved in the targeting of al Qaeda operatives and other terrorists in Pakistan told The Long War Journal that al Libi is thought to be among 15 people killed in yesterday's strike in Mir Ali in North Waziristan. The officials would not say how they confirmed that al Libi had been killed.
A Pakistani intelligence official told Reuters that his unit "intercepted some conversations between militants" and that "[t]hey were talking about the death of a 'sheikh,'" who is assumed to be al Libi. ...
This Ain't Hell: 'Personally, I wish we’d have executed a “snatch and grab” and asked him a few questions before giving him the opportunity to explain his sins to Allah instead of sending him by Hellfire express. But I guess we can’t have everything.'
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Jay Nordlinger: '... But even though al-Qaeda No. 2s have become increasingly easy targets after the death of Osama bin Laden, Libi’s death is a useful victory, as the Times notes, and thus, an important one for the program.'