After latest key figure slain, what’s left of al-Qaeda?
Osama bin Laden lies at the bottom of the Arabian Sea. Anwar al-Awlaki was taken out by a Hellfire missile in Yemen. And now al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Abu Yahya al-Libi, has been confirmed killed in Pakistan.
Since last year, U.S. counterterrorism operations have systematically stripped al-Qaeda of its leaders. Except for Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who has been reduced to the role of video propagandist, little remains of al-Qaeda’s central core.