al-Libi missed, but America may not have
There are more indications that the US taking a more direct hand in fighting the al-Qaeda/Taliban in Pakistan. The AP reports that "Abu Laith al-Libi, a top al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan who was blamed for bombing a base while Vice President Cheney was visiting last year, has been killed". The news comes from a 'martyrdom' announcement on a militant website.
"Earlier, there had been reports of an attack on militants in a Pakistani village. Pakistani intelligence officials and local residents said a missile hit a compound about 2.5 miles outside Mir Ali in North Waziristan late Monday or early Tuesday, destroying the facility."
A knowledgeable Western official said that ''it appears at this point that al-Libi has met his demise,'' but declined to talk about the circumstances. ''It was a major success in taking one of the top terrorists in the world off the street,'' the official said. He added that the death occurred ''within the last few days.''
An earlier Belmont Club post quotes the Asia Times as saying that the US has built a base right on the Pakistani border and that the al-Qaeda are considering displacing further away from the frontier to regain their safety.