I just found this on the Earth Times website:
A senior al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi, has been killed, a western official with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. The official would not divulge the circumstances surrounding the death of al-Libi, a top al-Qaeda operative of Libyan descent who specializes in paramilitary activities along the Afghan-Pakistani border.
The official did not say when al-Libi died, only that it occurred “recently.”
It remained unclear whether al-Libi, believed to be the third ranking al-Qaeda operative, was killed by a US airstrike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan on Monday that killed about a dozen suspected militants. A local official in North Waziristan had said the missile likely came from Afghan soil and targeted a house of a local tribal leader.
There was no official confirmation of the incident by the Pakistani national government.
I dont quite know what to make of these “officials” who are never named. I’ve followed tips from them before and they always end up almost nowhere. And the “no official confirmation” bit worries me too. The MSM is making reports on this though, so I am inclined to believe them (for once). If al-Libi is dead, then, hooray. Another one bites the dust. He was quite a prize.
Here’s his file from MSNBC:
Abu Laith al Libi
Age: early 40’s
Personal: An al-Qaeda field commander and spokesman, Abu Laith is an outspoken leader of al Qaeda, appearing in videos and on the internet. It was he in July 2002 who revealed that Bin Laden was still alive, the first comments about the al Qaeda leader’s health after the end of the Afghan conflict. Then in June 2004, he is shown leading an attack on what appears to be an Afghan military outpost and calling for jihad. He is known to operate on the Afghan side of the border, working with the remnants of the Taliban.
In some US intelligence circles, he is seen as al Qaeda’s No. 3.