Al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi killed in US drone strike - Telegraph BBC News - Al-Qaeda commander Abu Yahya al-Libi killed - US officials He was a theological hard-liner, and had much more media presence than Ayman al-Zwahiri. If reports are to be believed, he had specifically had religious training in seminaries in Mauritius to bring him to the top levels of AQ-a sort of fast-track for senior jihadis. That coupled with his escape from a US prison in Afghanistan, gave him a certain level of credibility This will hurt AQ a lot, it would appear. Good effort on that strike. I'm sure many will question the lawfulness of this, but this man considered himself at war with the US and Western World in general. So it seems lawful to me to defend ourselves by proportionate use of such tactics. As to that he was in Pakistan? Stuff their sensibilities, they were in denial that senior AQ/Taliban are running around their territorial anyway. Sadly we will now have to be ready for the revenge, I'm sure somewhere there is someone with the aspiration to avenge him. Whether they have the ability is another thing.