Monday, June 11, 2012

Who if anyone died in drone strike that supposedly killed al-Libi?


Al-Libi’s wish has finally been granted. A few days ago he and roughly a dozen of his fellow militants were gathered in a mud-brick house when it was vaporized by Hellfire missiles launched from American drone aircraft flying above a small village near the North Waziristan town of Mir Ali. U.S. officials are calling al-Libi’s death a “major blow” against al Qaeda, which was already reeling from the loss of most of its top leaders, including Osama bin Laden himself. 
from Killed by a Drone Strike, Top al Qaeda Recruiter Abu Yahya al-Libi Will Be Hard to Replace
Al-Qaeda-linked websites have released announcements today that a new video from Abu Yahya al-Libi will be released soon, hinting that his latest “confirmed” death may have been no more successful than the past ones.
from Al-Qaeda Websites: Libi Still Alive (Again)

Well, "Osama bin Laden" made videos for about a decade after the actual OBL died, so it's possible that AQ will trot out an al-Libi double.

So, do we know whether there actually was a drone strike, and if so, who if anyone was killed?  Why don't we get a report from someone in the area?  Oh, that's right - one of the few people to try this was killed by a drone strike shortly after getting a camera, as I mentioned here.  Just accidentally and by coincidence, of course.