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Abu Yahya al-Libi obituary

Saturday, June 9, 2012


Abu Yahya al-Libi, a senior official of al-Qaeda, was killed at the age of 49 by a missile fired from a drone in North Waziristan, near the western border of Pakistan, U.S. officials said. Many activists are located in the region, and one of the messages circulating on Internet forums used by Islamic extremists summarize the importance of the event: ".. Pray for the brothers in Waziristan is a difficult time "

Libi real name was Mohamed Hassan Qaid, and if a well-known activist, he was not one of the best known extremists or the ablest associated with al-Qaida. That could be described as deputy leader of the group when he died is proof of how shallow their talent pools have become after years of wear.

  Libi was born in Marzaq, in the deep south of Libya. He became involved in Islamic activism as a student at the University of Sebha in the early 1980s. The decade would see Islam as an ideology to replace socialism and the major channel of dissent in much of the Arab world.
Like thousands of others, Libi was rendered to Afghanistan to take part in the U.S. and Saudi-backed jihad against the Soviet occupation. He was a scholar of a warrior, and it is not how far it has been exposed to combat. When Moscow withdrew its forces in 1988-89, some of the international volunteers who fought it could return home.

Libi has spent the 1990s moving between African States, to pursue religious studies in Mauritania, then based in Sudan. Although Osama bin Laden in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, roughly the same time, the two men were not associated. A plethora of militant groups were based in or around the city. Libi has been linked to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) by family members. Like other groups of North Africa, it rejected any link with al-Qaida.

However, like Bin Laden to Afghanistan Libi Moved When, from around 1996, militant groups Were no longer welcome in Sudan. His activities There are unclear, it is possible to order ET That Gave religious instruction to one of the Volunteers in training camp-cum-hostel run by the LIFG, or have assisted a cleric is one of the Frontlines: various in the civil war.
In December 2001, Libi WAS Forced to flee Afghanistan as the Taliban collapsed diet under attack from America and Its Allies. After He Was picked up Some months on the run in Pakistan and incarcerated by the Americans at Bagram airport, north of Kabul.After Three Years' captivity, managed to escape Libi, Becoming an instant celebrity in the world of activists. Shortly After Regaining historical freedom, He Is Believed To Have sworn the bayat, the personal oath of fealty, to Bin Laden.

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