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White House: Elimination of al-Libi a Major Blow Against al-Qaida

A frame grab from a video posted on the Internet shows Abu Yahia al-Libi. (2006 File)
A frame grab from a video posted on the Internet shows Abu Yahia al-Libi. (2006 File)
WHITE HOUSE - The White House says the killing of al-Qaida's second-in-command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, apparently in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's North Waziristan region, has further degraded the organization's leadership.  

Abu Yahya al-Libi

  •  Was born in Libya around 1963.
  •  Was captured in 2002.
  •  Escape from the Bagram Air Base prison in Afghanistan in 2005.
  •  Became al-Qaida's number two leader in 2011.
  •  U.S. offers a $1 million bounty for al-Libi.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday that the U.S. intelligence community has confirmed al-Libi's death, though he declined to go into details about the circumstances in which the al-Qaida leader died.  U.S. officials who earlier confirmed al-Libi's death said he was killed in a drone strike in northwestern Pakistan.

Carney said al-Libi served as a "general manager" for al-Qaida and had a role in managing regional affiliates.  His elimination, Carney said, is another major blow against the terrorist organization.

"This is the second time in less than a year that the number two leader of al-Qaida has been removed from the battlefield, and that represents in the wake of the death of Osama bin-Laden another serious blow to core al-Qaida, in what is an ongoing effort to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat a foe that brought great terror and death to the United States on September 11, 2001, and that has perpetrated acts of terrorism against innocent civilians around the globe," said Carney.

But with U.S.-Pakistan relations at a low point because of drone strikes, last year's U.S. operation that killed Osama bin-Laden and the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO airstrike, the killing of al-Libi raises additional questions.

The United States and Pakistan have not resolved the issue of reopening NATO supply routes Pakistan closed last year after the errant NATO airstrike on a Pakistani border post.

On Tuesday, Pakistan's foreign ministry expressed "serious concern" about the latest drone attacks, including the one that apparently killed al-Libi.  Islamabad called them "unlawful" and a violation of Pakistan's sovereignty.

White House Press Secretary Carney would not go into detail about where al-Libi was killed.  He had this response when asked whether the development has complicated efforts to persuade Pakistan to reopen NATO supply routes:

"We have an important relationship with Pakistan that we endeavor to work on every day because it is in our national security interests to do so," he said.

Carney said he had no update on negotiations with Pakistan on reopening NATO supply routes, but he added that both sides are committed to resolving the issue and believe it will be resolved.

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by: geral from: usa
June 06, 2012 10:51 AM
Drones & Directed Energy Assaults are used for two purposes 1)mass murder 2) kill the will of man.

Understand that the wholesale killing and torturing of people globally by the fbi/cia/pentagon, and their operatives is executed by any means available, including Drones, Directed Energy Weaponry, High Tech Chemical & Biological Assaults. The killers of this nation understand that mass murder is not enough to stop the adversaries; one must also break the will of man to defend his own country, his own life (& that of his family) and his own sanity. Total psychological surrender is required. Torture and the threat of torture are the new weaponry used by the United States Of America in order to once and for all control all mankind and all nations. The USA's own combat veterans and patriots are also subject to the deadly assaults and torture.

by: Gab from: USA
June 05, 2012 8:30 AM
India is the most targeted non-Muslim Country by Islamic terrorists. For decades India has accused Pakistan of sheltering, training and funding the Islamic terrorists that have repeatedly hit India, targeting both the military and civilians. (Note that no major terrorist attack has ever been carried out by Indian extremists against Pakistani civilians.)

Times of India: India and Pakistan are continuing to work towards developing new systems for delivering nuclear weapons and are expanding their capacities to produce fissile material for military purposes, according to an international think tank report.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said that Pakistan was developing a number of new short-range ballistic missiles which suggests that it may use 'battlefield nuclear weapons' resulting in these warheads being deployed on a "launch-ready posture".

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