BREAKING: US officials reportedly confirming death of al-Qaida’s Abu Yahya al-Libi in drone strike

http://twitter.com/#!/ShannonBream/status/210056215861010432

RT @Reuters: U.S. OFFICIAL CONFIRMS DEATH IN PAKISTAN DRONE STRIKE OF TOP AL QAEDA OPERATIVE ABU YAHYA AL-LIBI

— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) June 5, 2012

Al-Libi is a big get.

— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) June 5, 2012

Earlier news reports indicated that he was the target of the drone strike, but confirmation of his death was not given at the time. More from Yahoo!/AFP:

A senior Al-Qaeda figure was the target of a US drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal belt, officials said Tuesday, keeping tight-lipped on whether he may have been among the 15 people killed.

Abu Yahya al-Libi, described by American officials as al-Qaeda’s second in command but by other security experts as one of the top five members of the global terror network, is a Libyan citizen with a $1 million price on his head.

Twitchy will monitor this news and update accordingly.

Update: More confirmation comes in.

Here's more on al-Libi's escape from Bagram in '05: http://t.co/KsEazbfC He & four others picked their locks, changed clothes, strolled out

— Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket) June 5, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) _ US official: CIA drone strike in Pakistan kills no. 2 al-Qaida leader.

— Ken Thomas (@AP_Ken_Thomas) June 5, 2012

On al-Libi death, US official tells @CBSNews: "There is no one who even comes close in terms of replacing the expertise AQ has just lost.”

— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) June 5, 2012

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