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Officials: CIA drone targets al-Qaida's No. 2

1:20 AM, Jun 5, 2012   |    comments
Abu Yahia al-Libi
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WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials say a CIA drone strike Monday targeted al-Qaida's second in command, Abu Yahia al-Libi, in Pakistan's tribal areas.

U.S. officials said they didn't yet know whether al-Libi was hit, but they were "optimistic."

A U.S. official said fewer than five people were hit in two days of strikes. U.S. officials said the outcome of the strikes was not yet clear.

The FBI was offering a $1 million reward for the Libyan-born fugitive, who had filmed numerous propaganda videos urging attacks on U.S. targets after he escaped a prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan in 2005.

Al-Libi became al-Qaida's No. 2 when Egyptian born Ayman al-Zawahri took charge of al-Qaida after the death of Osama bin Laden last year.

(Associated Press)

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