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Abu Yahya al-Libi – Dead or Live?

by Florian Flade

New Abu Yahya al-Libi video announced

While Western media and numerous news agencies are citing U.S. intelligence sources saying a recent CIA drone strike in North Waziristan killed Al-Qaida commander Abu Yahya al-Libi, there is no word from the Jihadi side yet on wether these claims are true or not.

Yesterday there was an announcement released on several major Jihadi Internet forums indicating Abu Yahya was in fact not killed and is still roaming the mountains of the Pakistani tribal area.

„Glad Tidings: New As-Sahab Video of Abu Yahya al-Libi (may Allah protect him) will be released soon“ – the forums post reads.

Does this announcement made by a forum member mean the Al-Qaida commander survived the U.S. drone attack or was in fact never in the house that was hit by the missiles? No, it does not. In the past Online Jihadis have reacted in a similar way when a prominent Al-Qaida figure was killed. Within the intelligence community there is a saying: „First they deny it, then they mourn it, then they celebrate it, then they call for revenge“.

Question remains if the person who posted the video announcement some 17 hours ago on the forums is in fact in contact with Al-Qaida operatives or those working for the propaganda wing As-Sahab Media.

America´s spies and terrorist hunters are pretty sure they got Al-Libi this time. And even in Pakistan military and intelligence sources claim the Al-Qaida commander is dead now. Three to four Arabs and some Haqqani and Bahadur Taliban were killed in the drone strike on Khassu Khel village, Pakistani sources are saying. Likely Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed next to his Arab bodyguards and driver. 

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The 2011 „Martyrs“ Of The IMU

by Florian Flade

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The „Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan“ (IMU) presents a chilling list celebrating 87 „martyrs“ of the organization killed in 2011 – amongst them Afghans, Pakistanis, Tajiks, Uzbeks and a German.

Most of the IMU fighters – 64 militants – were killed during fighting and suicide attacks in Afghanistan, mostly in the northern region of the country.

Some of the most famous Jihadi militants serving in the ranks of the IMU were killed this year: Commander Abbas Mansour from Kyrgyzstan, the military commander of IMU, Uzbek „Ukosha“ from Tashkent who served as a propaganda chief of IMU, and a German Islamist from the city of Essen named Abdullah H. aka „Miqdaad“.

The new martyr list reveals the pressure under which IMU is operating. Many of their fighters are prime targets of NATO assassination campaigns and are also under the heavy missile barrage of the CIA drones in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

 

Al-Qaida´s Leader in Pakistan Killed

by Florian Flade

Al-Qaida Leader in Pakistan – Abu Hafs al-Shehri

An unnamed U.S. intelligence official has confirmed the death of a Saudi Al-Qaida operative believed to be the leader of the terrorist network in Pakistan. Saudi national Osama Hamoud al-Shehri known as „Abu Hafs al-Shehri“ has been killed in a U.S. drone attack in North Waziristan last Sunday.

The 29year old Al-Qaida leader Al-Shehri was about to replace Atiyyatullah al-Libi, the Libyan terrorist who himself was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Pakistani tribal areas a few weeks ago.

According to Interpol documents Al-Shehri was born September 17 1981 in Saudi-Arabia. His name appeared on the Saudi most-wanted list of Al-Qaida terrorists. Saudi-Arabian media is reporting Al-Shehri moved to Syria in 2002 and served as an Al-Qaida facilitator who was in contact with Al-Qaida´s central leadership in Afghanistan-Pakistan.

Sources in Pakistan told the media, it is believed Al-Shehri at one point served as a bodyguard to Osama Bin Laden and was therefore widely trusted within Al-Qaida. In Waziristan Abu Hafs al-Shehri was in close contact with the Pakistani „Tehrik e-Taliban“ and coordinated joint operations by the two groups.