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White House confirms death of al-Qaida No. 2

2 years ago June 05, 2012 Jun 5, 2012 Tuesday, June 05 2012 Tuesday, June 05, 2012 1:35:29 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - The White House is confirming the death of al-Qaida's second-in-command, calling it a "major blow" to the terror network.

White House spokesman Jay Carney would not confirm how Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed.

An American official says he was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

Carney described al-Libi as an operational leader and a "general manager" of al-Qaida.

He says al-Libi had a range of experience that will be hard for al-Qaida to replicate and brings the terror network closer to its ultimate demise than ever before.

Al-Libi is the latest in the dozen-plus senior commanders removed in the clandestine U.S. war against al-Qaida since Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden last year.

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