28 Aug '11, 3am

Death of Al Qaeda No 2 a heavy blow, said experts. Is this the end?

LONDON - The killing of al Qaeda's number two leader deprives the group of a multi-talented manager who helped it spawn offshoots around the world and survive a United States counter-terrorism campaign in Pakistan, security analysts say. US officials said on Saturday that Atiyah abd al-Rahman, a Libyan, was killed earlier this week in Pakistan. One official said he was killed in a strike by an unmanned drone on Aug 22. The killing is likely to be particularly highly prized by Washington as US strategists would have been concerned about Rahman's potential influence in Libya's turmoil following the overthrow of Col Muammar Gaddafi, analysts say. Rahman, in his 40s and from the coastal Libyan town of Misrata, built a reputation in al Qaeda as a thinker, organiser and trusted emissary of the Pakistan-based central leadership to its offshoots. In particular he played a key role...

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