Thursday, January 31, 2008

Unidentified Al Qaeda Leader Targeted in Missile Strike

Update: The killed Al Qaeda leader was reportedly Abu Laith al-Libi. Al-Libi is the fourth picture on these terrorist playing cards.

ABC News (1-30-08) reports:

Pakistani intelligence sources say they believe a "high-value" al Qaeda target was killed in a missile strike yesterday in the country's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

U.S. officials said there was no indication that the target was Osama bin Laden or his deputy Ayman al Zawahri, but one senior official told ABCNews.com the strike was aimed at one particular figure.

"We don't know whether we got him yet, we are sorting through it," the official said, indicating the intended target was a top leader of the terror group.

...Both the Pakistani military and the CIA have used missile attacks in the past to target top al Qaeda leaders.

The CIA uses missiles attached to the unmanned Predator aircraft which fly over Pakistani airspace with tacit Pakistani government approval. (Full text).

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