by Florian Flade
He was a shadowy figure within al-Qaida´s structure in Pakistani Waziristan – Sheikh Abdullah Sa´id al-Libi. The Libyan national was the head of al-Qaida´s military wing in the region – referred to as “Lashkar al-Zil” (Army of the Shadow) – and thereby was holding one of the more important ranks within the organization.
On December 17 2009 a U.S. drone strike hit North Waziristan and killed several militants including Abdullah Sa´id al-Libi. His death was later confirmed by al-Qaida´s late Afghanistan leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid who himself died in a drone attack only a few months later.
Abdullah Sa´id al-Libi appeared for the first time in April 2009 when the Jihadi media outlet Al-Fajr Media released a strategy paper on the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. The document was signed by al-Libi described as the leader of al-Qaida in Khorasan.
A short time later al-Libi was seen for the first time in a al-Qaida propaganda tape, wearing a black-white scarf wrapped around his head.
In a statement released in January 2010 the late al-Qaida leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid claimed the Khost suicide bomber Abu Dujanah al-Khorasani who killed a CIA team while acting as a alleged informant, had carried out the attack as “revenge for the killing of Baitullah Mehsud, Abu Saleh al-Somali and Sheikh Abdullah Sa´id al-Libi”.
Recently a member of a Online Jihadi forum released pictures of Abdullah Sa´id al-Libi showing him without a kuffiyeh around his head. On one picture al-Libi is seen sitting in a room holding a lecture. The other picture does show a grey-bearded man sitting under a camouflage net somewhere in the Waziristan mountains.