Top al-Qaida commander killed in Afghanistan

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — One al-Qaida's top commanders in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi was killed, according to a Web site used by militant groups, reported the Washington-based SITE Institute which monitors the internet.

While the claim could not be verified independently, the announcement appeared as a banner in a section of the Web site reserved for affiliated militant organizations.

"As the banner was posted ... by a webmaster of the forum, it seems as if the announcement of his death has been confirmed to the forum administrators," noted SITE in its statement.

Al-Libi was an al-Qaida training camp leader who has appeared in many Internet videos and who the U.S. says was likely behind the Feb. 2007 bombing at the U.S. base at Bagram during a visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney that killed 23 people.

Al-Libi was a key link between the Taliban and al-Qaida.


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