A CIA-operated drone attack targeted and killed Al Qaeda’s militant, second-in-command in a Pakistan’s tribal region on Monday. The New York Times reports, “a new generation leader…Atiyah Adb Al Rahman, a Lybian national, became Al Qaeda’s top operational planner this year, poised to take over after bin Laden’s death in May.”
Atiyah was at the top of Al Qaeda’s trusted core,” said the American official. Electronic files found at bin Laden’s Pakistan compound showed that bin Laden kept in close contact with Al Rahman and used him to send messages to Al Qaeda commanders and the other in the world.
The Telegraph reports, “Al Rahman served as Bin Laden’s Iran envoy, and moved unscathed in and out of Iran from his long-time base in Waziristan. The killing of Al Rahman follows Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s remark last month that the US could defeat a weakened al-Qaeda by mounting more attacks on its leadership.