Al-Qaeda deputy leader and key strategist Abu Yahya al-Libi has been reportedly killed in a drone strike in Pakistan by United States authorities. It is considered one of the biggest strikes to the terrorist group since Usama bin Laden's death.
United States officials have confirmed to CNN that Abu Yahya al-Libi, the al-Qaeda No. 2, was the target of a U.S. drone strike this week in Pakistan. Another U.S. official confirmed to the network that al-Libi has indeed been killed.
The drone attack, which took place in a Pakistani tribal area in the northwest region, killed al-Libi and up to 15 other suspected militants, but the identities of those men are as yet unknown. Pakistan authorities have not verified al-Libi’s death.
Analysts are saying this is the biggest blow to al-Qaeda since the death of Usama bin Laden more than a year ago. For the past several months, al-Libi has become one of the most important figures of the terrorist organization.
In 2009, it was reported that a drone strike in Pakistan killed al-Libi. It was later confirmed that another al-Qaeda leader Saleh al-Somali died in the attacks.
This news could also be significant for President Barack Obama’s administration, which has intensified the drone strikes in the region. The drone attacks have sparked severe outrage by the Pakistani government and citizens. Thousands of innocent civilians have lost their lives in these strikes.
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