Al Qaeda leader confirms second-in-command was killed in June
This image from video provided by the SITE Intelligence Group shows Abu Yahya al-Libi, an official in al-Qaeda's Shariah Committee, addressing Libyans in a video speech released on jihadist forums on Saturday, March 12, 2011. (AP / SITE Intelligence Group)
Published Tuesday, September 11, 2012 6:06AM EDT
CAIRO, Egypt -- The leader of al Qaeda has confirmed the death of the group's second-in-command in a U.S. drone strike in June.
In a video posted late Monday on militant websites, al Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahri described his late lieutenant Abu Yahya al-Libi as a "lion of jihad and knowledge."
Al-Libi was killed in a U.S. drone strike in northwest Pakistan in June -- the biggest setback to al Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden.
Al-Libi was considered a media-savvy and charismatic leader with religious credentials. He rose to prominence in the group after escaping from the U.S. military prison at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2005.
His nom de guerre is Arabic for "the Libyan." His real name is Hassan Mohammed Qaid.