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Drone Strike in Pakistan Kills al-Qaida’s No. 2

June 5, 2012 at 12:00 AM EDT
U.S. officials confirmed on Tuesday that al-Qaida's Abu Yahya al-Libi had been killed in a drone strike inside Pakistan. Jeffrey Brown reports on the most recent blow to the terror network.

JEFFREY BROWN: U.S. officials confirmed today a drone strike killed the number-two leader of al-Qaida. The strike happened yesterday in North Waziristan in Pakistan, targeting Abu Yahya al-Libi, seen as the most prominent figure in the terrorist network after its leader, Ayman al- Zawahri.

At the White House today, Press Secretary Jay Carney wouldn’t confirm how al-Libi died, but said his death was a major blow to the terror group.

JAY CARNEY, White House press secretary: Removing leaders like al-Libi from the very top of al-Qaida is part of an ongoing effort to disrupt and dismantle and ultimately defeat al-Qaida. And that is an important piece of business.