Breaking: AQ capo al-Libi killed by airstrike?

posted at 1:55 pm on January 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

That’d be Abu Laith al-Libi, not to be confused with his degenerate terrorist colleague Abu Yahya al-Libi. Get ‘em straight, because the latter will be appearing in a new video soon enough and the dumber elements of the left will tout it as proof that the former wasn’t killed after all.

Cause of death? The announcement on the jihadi forums doesn’t say, but the U.S. tried to send a missile down his chimney last June and the airstrike on a jihadi hideout earlier this week in Pakistan apparently killed his deputy. You do the math.

He’s a big fish, although it’s not clear precisely how big. Revisit my post about the summer Predator strike for some bio. He’s a jihadist and Taliban ally of longstanding, and by almost all accounts is an important commander in Afghanistan. The question is how closely affiliated he is with Al Qaeda proper. From WaPo’s profile:

Al-Qaeda has named Libi one of its primary field commanders in Afghanistan. Jarret Brachman, research director of the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, said Libi has close contacts with al-Qaeda’s top echelon.

“It’s clear he’s plugged in at the senior level,” Brachman said. “That’s apparently al-Qaeda’s intent, to raise his operational battle credentials.”

Yeah, whether he’s palsy walsy with Osama or not, AQ clearly wanted to boost his influence among the jihadists in Afghanistan and abroad. His presence in their videos increased notably last year, the most recent cameo coming in November when as-Sahab announced that al-Libi’s outfit, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, was formally joining AQ and his star turn coming a few months before that in a 45-minute Zawahiri-esque monologue on the usual jihad/infidel/Islam potpourri. You can watch that here; good luck sitting through more than two minutes of it.

Some analysts think he was as high as number three. I’m skeptical, but whatever the number, he was high. Au revoir.

Update: For what it’s worth:

CNN Middle East analyst Octavia Nasr called al-Libi the third-ranking terrorist in al Qaeda and fourth in the world…

The loss of the Libyan could hamper al Qaeda’s efforts to establish a strong base of operations in North Africa, CNN correspondent Nic Robertson said.


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May he ride the Best Looking Camel in all the World who died yesterday!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on January 31, 2008 at 1:57 PM

Well I for one am glad that he didnt get to gitmo to be torture he is better off this way.

William Amos on January 31, 2008 at 1:59 PM

Would that be a virgin camel? Or a really aggressive, excited male camel?

stenwin77 on January 31, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Well I for one am glad that he didnt get to gitmo to be torture he is better off this way.

William Amos on January 31, 2008 at 1:59 PM

That would be the GITMO that McCain and Huckabee (the revolving prison door Gove) want to close?

stenwin77 on January 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

I’ll bet you Jon McCain ordered that!

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 2:02 PM

That would be the GITMO that McCain and Huckabee (the revolving prison door Gove) want to close?

stenwin77 on January 31, 2008 at 2:01 PM

In truth we probably never even should have taken them to Gitmo. Should have kept them in some prison in Afganistan and Iraq and never let any reporters near them.

William Amos on January 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

stenwin77 on January 31, 2008 at 2:00 PM

Who says the camel wasn’t both?

Rick on January 31, 2008 at 2:04 PM

As Ace would say:

He was killed by joint meetings between the United States and Muslim governments and an airstrike; but mostly an airstrike.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 2:05 PM

Robot?

see-dubya on January 31, 2008 at 2:08 PM

This just in Al Qaeda endorses Obama saying “We believe in his message to end global warming and the falling of metal objects from the sky that are killing innocent al Qaeda.”

William Amos on January 31, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Too bad. At first I thought it was the O.C. goatboy who was sent to meet his raisins.

Blake on January 31, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Ohhhh…I would love to see the look on his face when he meets the 72 virginsVirginian’s.

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 2:11 PM

Libi’s Baked Brown Butt.

Frozen Tex on January 31, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Great news. But Au revoir? Hope not.

JiangxiDad on January 31, 2008 at 2:14 PM

Mayhe enjoy his virgins. Or grapes. Whichever translation is correct.

Bigfoot on January 31, 2008 at 2:16 PM

Yes. Enjoy your virgins.

Scumbag.

Hawkins1701 on January 31, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Jazeera is saying that Libi was meeting one of his top depuies in that house and he is amoung the dead as well.

William Amos on January 31, 2008 at 2:18 PM

top depuies
Top Deputy hmmmm… wonder who that is?

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Good for us! And the US.

May he enjoy his 72 virgin demons….

Of course, like I wrote about yesterday, the Left won’t like this.

In fact, this is just further evidence that the US is committing Genocide against the innocent Taliban. That’s the argument the left is making nowadays.

Vanceone on January 31, 2008 at 2:21 PM

top depuies
Top Deputy hmmmm… wonder who that is?

kcd on January 31, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Sorry that was one of LIBI’s top duputies. In other words an underling of Libi’s

William Amos on January 31, 2008 at 2:23 PM

NEXT!!!
Please step up to the line, pull your number or whatever, but one of you islamophobiaantiphobiaantiislamistsropmoderatejihadis, TERRORISTS is NEXT!

shooter on January 31, 2008 at 2:25 PM

A little Reaper love?

KelliD on January 31, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Allies +1
AQ: -2

:)

RushBaby on January 31, 2008 at 2:31 PM

It sure would be great if Bush could end his presidency answering one of the most annoying questions they’ve been hurling for the last 6 years. “Where’s Osama?”

Heh. In a box under my desk.

pistolero on January 31, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Welcome… to Allah’s 72 most beautiful virgins”

Mcguyver on January 31, 2008 at 2:36 PM

He was killed by joint meetings between the United States and Muslim governments and an airstrike; but mostly an airstrike.

lorien1973 on January 31, 2008 at 2:05 PM

And who does that benefit? Mitt Romney!

pedestrian on January 31, 2008 at 2:38 PM

Vanceone–

That is an awesome link you got there. I tried to follow Professor Khan’s logic but now I feel dizzy and nauseated and need some coffee. I updated and linked it at JYB.

see-dubya on January 31, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Yes…..The U.S. got him. I knew that the effects of our Global Warming carbon emissions would catch up with the terrorists!!!!

Buy more SUV’s and DRIVE, DRIVE, DRIVE!

azcop on January 31, 2008 at 2:50 PM

Thanks, see-dubya.

Actually, I follow the logic quite well. Basically, the idea is that the Taliban is like some particular sect–let’s say, the Jews. If the US were just killing every Jew we ran across, it would indeed be Genocide.

His mistake is of course that the Taliban is not exclusively a group. There’s no racial or ethnic types; and peeps like the traitor, Adam Ghandi or whoever it was, are definately a sign it’s not racial.

Many Pakistani, Iranians, and Saudi’s ALSO hold the exact same religious beliefs as the taliban, and we aren’t killing them on contact. So the Taliban is not being persecuted for religious reasons. Ergo, no genocide.

Vanceone on January 31, 2008 at 2:52 PM

“Where’s Osama?”

Heh. In a box under my desk.

pistolero on January 31, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Now thats funny.

faraway on January 31, 2008 at 2:54 PM

You little bastards think this is bad? You just wait till next January when President Hillary starts carpetbombing you with SUBPOENAS!

Chuck Schick on January 31, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Me says dead Terrorists = happy Geronimo. Kick-ass!

Geronimo on January 31, 2008 at 3:01 PM

Mr. al Libi, your fruit basket awaits…

ColdBore76 on January 31, 2008 at 3:06 PM

Sweet. Now he’s become the only good kind of terrorist. That’s my kind of recycling.

That’d be Abu Laith al-Libi, not to be confused with his degenerate terrorist colleague Abu Yahya al-Libi.

You can hardly swing a dead cat around there without hitting an al-Libi.

ReubenJCogburn on January 31, 2008 at 3:07 PM

Another dead terrorist. Next…

someguy on January 31, 2008 at 3:10 PM

To the left, Scooter Libi is the real enemy.

RobCon on January 31, 2008 at 3:13 PM

Cha-ching.

In the words of the immortal Chris Tucker in his role as Smokie, the jovial youth who indulged in commerce of medicinal herbs, “You got knocked the f*ck out!”

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on January 31, 2008 at 3:28 PM

al-Libi’s outfit, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group

Wasn’t that one of Fred’s clients?

tommylotto on January 31, 2008 at 3:33 PM

The Libyan sleeps with the fishes.

mojo on January 31, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Good riddens to either of them or both of them; just as long as they are DEAD.

oldelpasoan on January 31, 2008 at 3:57 PM

“…and another one gone, another one gone, another bites the dust…”

SuperCool on January 31, 2008 at 3:58 PM

I love it when Muslims convert from Islam to fertilizer.

BL@KBIRD on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

My question about the Predator hit – where’s the follow-up?

After the attack, militants surrounded the area and barred anyone from going near the house.

Ahmed Aziz, a 70-year-old resident, told Reuters that the militants also stopped villagers from attending the funerals, which was a sign that those killed were all foreigners.

Surely anything worth hitting once with a Hellfire is worth returning to with napalm and cluster bombs? The guys searching through the rubble, and anyone attending the funeral, should also have been taken out!

Next time show some pride in your work, spooks!

Lehuster on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Is it politically incorrect to celebrate his death with bbq pork ribs and beer???

Mojack420 on January 31, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Is it politically incorrect to celebrate his death with bbq pork ribs and beer???

Mojack420 on January 31, 2008 at 4:35 PM

LOL…..I’m grilling up some Bacon wrapped Steaks!

azcop on January 31, 2008 at 4:56 PM

ahhhh ain’t the beer cold!

johnnyU on January 31, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Rest in pieces, pig bastard.

SouthernGent on January 31, 2008 at 6:12 PM

May he find his 72 gay guys in the next life.

Is it politically incorrect to celebrate his death with bbq pork ribs and beer???

That’s a good one azcop!

orlandocajun on January 31, 2008 at 6:18 PM

Even though it’s not Yahya…….SWISHSHSHSHSHSH.

oakpack on January 31, 2008 at 6:59 PM

“Welcome… to Allah’s 72 most beautiful virgins”

Mcguyver on January 31, 2008 at 2:36 PM

No, no, no – see 5th cartoon, down.

Entelechy on January 31, 2008 at 7:34 PM

I love it when Muslims convert from Islam to fertilizer.

BL@KBIRD on January 31, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Now that’s good!

BallisticBob on January 31, 2008 at 7:59 PM

A little Reaper love?

KelliD on January 31, 2008 at 2:28 PM

Oh, my goodness gracious. That is sweet.

p.v. cornelius on February 1, 2008 at 2:54 AM