U.S. official: Al-Qaida No. 2 killed by drone

story by: Kimberly Dozier and Rebecca Santana – The Associated Press
photo courtesy of: AP
A U.S. drone strike in northern Pakistan has killed al-Qaida’s second-in-command, American officials said Tuesday, the biggest success so far in the controversial military program and a significant setback to a terror network that has lost a string of top figures since the death of Osama bin Laden last year.
Abu Yahya al-Libi was a media-savvy, charismatic leader with religious credentials who escaped from an American prison in Afghanistan and was helping preside over the transformation of al-Qaida from a close-knit group into an ideological movement aimed at winning converts — and potential attackers — around the world.
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