Posted on 2012/06/25 |by Florian Flade
Abu Yahya al-Libi in new video message released June 22
Three weeks have passed since a US drone strike in North Waziristan allegedly killed Al-Qaida´s Top commander Abu Yahya al-Libi. Since then Al-Qaida has neither officially confirmed nor denied the death of al-Libi. Question still remains: Is the White House´s claim true or not?
Instead of celebrating the martyrdom of yet another of its leaders Al-Qaida is releasing videos of al-Libi. Last week the terrorist network´s media wing “As-Sahab” released a 17-minute video statement titled “The American Military and Ethics of Wars” in which al-Libi talks about civilian deaths in Afghanistan.
The more interesting details regarding the second new Abu Yahya al-Libi tape within two weeks is: Al-Qaida does not seem to regard him as dead. The organization labels him “Al-Sheikh Al-Mujahid Abu Yahya al-Libi (may Allah protect him)” – the latter phrase indicating the person is still alive. Otherwise the phrase “may Allah have mercy upon him” would be used.
Like the other video message released recently – titled “Tragedies of Ash-Sham: Between the Crimes of the Nusayris and the Plots of the West” – the newest al-Libi tape was allegedly recorded in the Islamic year of 1433. So no indicating the videos were produced after the June 4th drone strike? No.
Al-Qaida could be playing the old game of not confirming or denying a leader´s death and meanwhile releasing all the old footage of the person recorded in recent months. In other cases – for example the death of Atiyyatullah al-Libi – it took months for Al-Qaida to publish a statement.
The Western intelligence community is pretty sure Abu Yahya al-Libi is history…but still lacks the proof.
- Al-Qaida leader killed in drone strike allegedly linked to NYC terror plots (theromangate.wordpress.com)
- Al-Qaida No. 2 condemned US army war ethics (kansascity.com)
- White House Confirms al-Qaida Leader’s Death (fox2now.com)
- Al Qaeda No. 2 Condemned U.S. Army War Ethics (huffingtonpost.com)
- U.S. Says al-Qaeda’s No. 2 Killed (battleland.blogs.time.com)
- ‘Dead’ al-Qaida leader appears in ‘new’ video (news.yahoo.com)
- Al-Qaeda Websites: Libi Still Alive (Again) (news.antiwar.com)
- Al-Qaida No. 2 urged Arabs to take up arms against Assad (timesofisrael.com)