US drone attack ‘targeted al-Qaeda deputy’

U.S. missiles killed more than a dozen people in northwestern Pakistan early Monday in a strike that apparently was aimed at al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, the charismatic and influential jihadist known as Abu Yahya al-Libi, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.

The terrorist commander’s fate remained unclear late in the day, amid a swirl of rumors inside Pakistan that the longtime deputy to Osama bin Laden had been badly wounded or perhaps killed in the strike. Libi’s death, if confirmed, would represent one of the biggest successes against al-Qaeda since bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs 13 months ago.

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Abu Yahya al-Libi, quien podría haber sido asesinado en un ataque con aviones no tripulados en Pakistán, a hecho numerosas apariciones en videos de propaganda.

Él se describe como un propagandista, un teólogo, un ideólogo y un jefe de operaciones. Ninguna de estas descripciones pueden ser totalmente exactas. Se ha informado de su muerte en varias ocasiones.

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