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Abu Layth al-Libi

Al-Qaeda Terrorist Operations Planner


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Means of DeathCIA Predator drone missile strike
Date of DeathJan. 29, 20083
Location of DeathKhushali Torikel, North Waziristan, Pakistan3
RoleTerrorist Operations Planner
AffiliationLibyan Islamic Fighting Group2
Alternate Spelling(s)Abu Laith al Liby, Abu Laith al-Libi
Rough Age at Death41
Date of Birth19671
Place of BirthLibya1
DescriptionHair: Black; Eyes: Brown; Complexion: Dark Tan; large build. Speaks Arabic with Maghreb/North African dialect.1
Injuries/IllnessScars on back as if beaten by a belt or wire.1
Narrative and Notes
  • Senior operational commander and expert in guerilla warfare. Commanding some operations in Afghanistan as of 2007.
  • Killed at a safe house in Pakistan, apparently by a CIA Predator drone.1,3
  • Some debate to the exact nature of his association with al-Qaeda -- whether he's a sworn operative or an ally.
  • Allegedly tortured while in captivity of a Middle Eastern Country.
  • Reportedly tied to Feb. 27, 2007, bombing at Bagram, Afghanistan near U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.2,3
    1 DIA Terrorist Recognition Card, viewed 12 Sept 2007.
    2 'Al-Qaeda's New Leadership.' The Washington Post: 2006.
    3 Schmitt, Eric. 'Senior Qaeda Commander Is Killed by U.S. missile.' The New York Times: Feb. 1, 2008.
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