Afghanistan Al Qaeda Commander Killed
A top al Qaeda commander has been killed.
“We congratulate the Islamic nation for the martyrdom of the sheik, the lion, Abu Laith al-Libi,” said the banner which appeared in a section of the Web site reserved for affiliated militant groups and is not open to public posting. The Washington-based SITE Institute which monitors militant sites noted that it seems “the announcement of his death has been confirmed to the forum administrators.”
The attack that killed al-Libi appeared to have taken place in Pakistan. Pakistani intelligence officials and local residents said that a missile hit a compound in a village about 2.5 miles outside Mir Ali in North Waziristan late Monday or early Tuesday, destroying the facility.
The are more commanders where this guy came from, as we’ve learned time and again. And, certainly, this doesn’t address any of the underlying civil problems which the experts say need to be solved to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a failed state. Still, it’s good news; dead terrorists are better than live ones, all things considered.
More important than al-Libi’s death, though, is that the operation took place in Pakistan. If this means that the Pak government is finally getting serious about combating this threat to their country’s survival, it’s welcome news, indeed.