Al-Qaeda No 2 killed in drone strike

2012-06-05 19:59

Washington - Abu Yahya al-Libi, a Libyan-born top al-Qaeda leader, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan earlier this week, a US official said on Tuesday.

US officials said that Abu Yahya had recently been considered by US counter-terrorism experts as the No 2 in the core al-Qaeda group led by Ayman al Zawahiri.

Zawahiri has headed the group since al-Qaeda's founder, Osama bin Laden, was killed last year in a US commando raid on his hideout in Pakistan.

A US official said that Abu Yahya "was among al-Qaeda's most experienced and versatile leaders" and that he "played a critical role in the group's planning against the West, providing oversight of the external operations efforts".

  • spartanx93 - 2012-06-05 20:11

    another one bites the dust:)

      spartanx93 - 2012-06-05 20:28

      Who's the toss giving the thumbs down?

      i2meleng - 2012-06-06 08:15

      Number two, flushed down the loo - Kapeesh.

  • Kolobe - 2012-06-05 20:17

    someone sold him out like they did with obama

      joemols - 2012-06-05 20:27


      Kolobe - 2012-06-05 20:40

      yeah osama..rhyme so much

      david.s.lewisohn - 2012-06-05 21:04

      Its Osama you toss

  • daaivark.varkvet - 2012-06-05 20:22


      Koos - 2012-06-05 22:19

      I would like to see a drone taking out Syrian presidents family. Just for fun.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-06 06:46

      Daaivark, Welcome back !

      Vandross - 2012-06-06 07:07

      They say osama bin laden is dead? Lol!! They need to get their story straight

      Rob - 2012-06-06 07:46

      Daaivark. Parole ?

  • Stewart Croucamp - 2012-06-05 20:23

    YES!! Another sick bastard gets his due.

  • cameronrh1 - 2012-06-05 20:29

    Now he can get his 72 male virgins in heaven...

      Koos - 2012-06-05 22:20

      Doesn't matter how you look at it, he is screwed.

  • Tax - 2012-06-05 20:34

    Good now get the rest of them.

  • raaziq.hanslo - 2012-06-05 20:36

    USA is killing there own agents because Al-Qaeda is American agents

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-06 06:18

      Your delusional ideas are part of the reason why so many innocent Muslims are being killed and maimed by the Jihadists and unelected dictators in your midsts.

  • alan.yates.18007 - 2012-06-05 20:48

    Drones are the way to do it. Pakistan knows it too, that's why they want the US to stop drone attacks.

  • Ted - 2012-06-05 20:50

    Obama has a formula that Bush clearly lacked.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-06 06:19

      The technology exists now. It didn't then.

  • Sonja - 2012-06-05 20:51


  • michael.i.wright - 2012-06-05 21:01

    In other news, Al-Qaeda no 3 has just received a promotion.

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-05 21:08

      Cool he is next!

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-06-05 21:02

    Innocent people are been killed. Evil americans

      cliff.slabbert - 2012-06-05 21:16

      You are being brainwashed and very ignorant to it Mavhungu Vincent. Stop blindly believing people that are leading you to believe b*ll Sh@t!

      hein.huyser - 2012-06-05 22:11

      Yep Mavhungu, those evil Americans have fed 80% of your brothers and sisters this year whilst the leaders you have voted for are stealing you blind. Damn, we must get rid of those Americans

      Koos - 2012-06-05 23:30

      He is an ancESTOR, forgive him.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-06 06:20

      He declared war on your ass because you're not a Jihadist. Your wife or girlfriend would be stoned to death. Is this what you want?

  • Mavhungu Vincent - 2012-06-05 21:02

    Innocent people are been killed. Evil americans

      Ian - 2012-06-05 21:13

      tell us again terrorist lover

  • sbudesh1 - 2012-06-05 21:04

    The US is the most blood hungry country in the world, how many of our African leader will have to die before they are satisfied I'm glad that south africa does not have oil, because we all know that's what this killings are for. They kill leaders who protect the minerals the US has nothing and we have oil gold, everthing but are still suffering, because of them and their soldiers who don't want to live Africa.why did they kill GADDAFI? why did they kill osama?

      Paul - 2012-06-05 21:54

      Something wrong with the likes and dislikes.They dident kill Gaddafi and Sbudsh1 asks why they killed Bin Laden ?????

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-06-05 22:00

      Sbudesh1 ""why did they kill GADDAFI?"" Very simple; This gaddafi terrorist pleaded for his life . He offered his killers, millions of US dollars and tons of gold. These killers had been taught, never to accept stolen goods !!! And that was the end of 40 years of tyranny!! (hey' you are lucky this evening, the 'thumbs meter' gave you an extra 333 thumbs up !!)

      Paul - 2012-06-05 22:02

      iether a malfunction or 336 peapol are as clued up as Sbudsh1, makes me wonder what im doing here

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-06 06:21

      Give up your computer then, and your car, television, cell phone, light bulbs, plane journeys, etc. All invented by the evil Americans.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-06 06:24

      What does Al-Quaida declaring war on the freer world have to do with oil? Nothing. You really should educate yourself about who Al-Quaida, what they want, and how they're going about trying to create it.

      LanfearM - 2012-06-06 08:47

      @fred.fraser.12 - just a point of correction, Americans didn't invent the car, the Germans [Karl Benz] did in 1886. And the first to envision the car was the Flemish genius Ferdinand Verbiest, around 1658. Busses, the forerunners of the car, was invented by the British. Tons of things the Americans didn't invent. And a lot that they did of course. @ sbudesh1 - you are deluded. Gaddafi wasn't killed by the Americans but by his own fed-up people. Gaddafi wasn't an African. Even though Libya is in North Africa, most of her people are not truly African, they are far more Semitic [Arabian, etc. peoples of the middle-east] than "African". Al Queda wants to Islamise the world and destroy the "evil West". The US had very good reasons to kill Osama and his second. The US does have a LOT of minerals and oil, but not enough for their needs. Even though their reasons are good and most people seem to be celebrating the demise of Osama's no. 2, I don't really see the point. It will change nothing. The root causes of terrorism must be addressed, it doesn't help to try and pick them off one by one.

      Felix - 2012-06-06 10:50

      Top comment only has 91 thumbs, Me thinks sbudesh1 has been refreshing the page a few times. I would take you on but I'm very busy today.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-05 21:07

    Good job, Kill them all.

  • Ian - 2012-06-05 21:12

    bulls eye. another one thrown into hell

      John - 2012-06-06 07:22

      Go strait to Hell and don't collect 40 virgins.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-06-05 21:35

    The experts got it wrong he was not the number 2 , just take a close look at the picture he wad number ... 1

  • Jimmy - 2012-06-05 22:45

    news24 is wrong he is stil alive

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-06-06 07:02

      It's a Reuters report

  • kenny.greenaway.3 - 2012-06-06 00:03

    Poor Abu, shame, they forgot to tell him the truth,he is getting 72 virgin male USA pigs and each one is going to give him one.

  • kenny.greenaway.3 - 2012-06-06 00:04

    Poor Abu, shame, they forgot to tell him the truth,he is getting 72 virgin male USA pigs and each one is going to give him one.

  • Irene - 2012-06-06 01:49

    Good. Another piece of filth departs the planet.

  • Vuyani Vuyo Dlamini - 2012-06-06 08:52

    beware Americans, last kicks of a dying horse, they will revenge very big,still in the pipeline.

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