Ayman al-Zawahiri

Don’t piss off Obama

The Telegraph

I’m not sure that you’d want to piss off Obama:

The US has confirmed that al-Qaeda’s second-in-command was killed in a drone strike in Pakistan.

US officials described the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi as a “major blow” to the terrorist organisation.

The official told AFP that Washington had a “very high degree of confidence” that Libi was dead, and argued that his demise would severely hamper the capacity of core al-Qaeda leaders to liaise with affiliated groups.

Libi was killed when missiles destroyed his vehicle and a militant compound in North Waziristan, leaving 15 dead.

The death of Libi, a close aid to Osama bin Laden’s successor Ayman al-Zawahiri, is a major blow to what is left of al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

He is among more than 12 senior al-Qaeda leaders assassinated since bin Laden was tracked down and killed by US Navy Seals in May last year.

Three separate drone strikes were launched from Saturday to Monday, killing at least 30 people, according to local sources.

The third barrage comprised two missiles, which slammed into a compound and a vehicle in the village of Hesokhel, near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, before dawn. Pakistani intelligence officials said they had evidence that Libi was at the scene at the time of the strike.