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Pakistan: US Drone Kills al-Qaeda No. 2

Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti replaced commander killed in June drone strike

(Newser) - A US drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan's tribal region near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials said, in the latest blow to the Islamic militant network. Sheik Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was killed when missiles... More »

In Pakistan, Ravaged al-Qaeda Looks to Rebound

Few leaders left, but always new recruits in dangerous region

(Newser) - With the killing of al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi last week, al-Qaeda is down to just eight hardcore leaders in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, down from dozens a few years ago, reports Reuters in a look at the once-formidable group. Finances have dried up, too, and many members of the... More »

US Confirms: We Killed al-Qaeda's No. 2

Al-Libi was in home hit by missiles yesterday

(Newser) - Three US drone attacks in Pakistan over the past three days probably did little to mend US-Pakistan relations, but one of those attacks might do plenty to weaken al-Qaeda. A US official confirms that al-Qaeda's No. 2, Abu Yahya al-Libi, was killed in a strike yesterday, reports CNN . "... More »

Number of al-Qaeda Leaders Left on US Hit List: 2

Group is all but defeated

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda is on the brink of defeat, shriveling even faster than US officials had predicted in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death. The group now consists of just a few hundred fighters, with only two “high-value” targets left on the CIA’s list—leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, and... More »

Drone Strike Victim ID'd as Top al-Qaeda Strategist

Identity unclear, but he's not Osama

(Newser) - A drone missile strike in Pakistan killed a top al-Qaeda operative earlier this week, but the victim's identity remains unclear. Earlier reports said the slain terrorist leader was Abu Yahya al-Libi, the organization's No. 3, who escaped from US custody at the Bagram Air Force in 2005. But other reports... More »

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