Saturday, May 14, 2005
The recently captured in Pakistan Abu Faraj al-Libbi might or might not have been Al Qaeda's number three - in any case, he was pretty high up in the hierarchy. Just why any Al Qaeda operatives would actually want the distinction of being number three after bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri is beyond me - the position seems to be cursed:
An al-Qaeda leader from Yemen was killed this week by a missile fired by an unmanned CIA Predator plane in a mountain region of Pakistan close to the border with Afghanistan, US media reported today.Frankly, I don't particularly care if they're number three, or four, or ten or fifteen, as long as they're getting vaporized or captured at this rate.
Haitham al-Yemeni had been under surveillance by the US Central Intelligence Agency as it sought information in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, ABC and NBC televisions said.
After the recent capture of Abu Faraj al-Libbi in Pakistan, al-Yemeni was considered al-Qaeda's number three leader, the report said.