MSNBC Senior al-Qaida leader Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike last week in Pakistan, appeared in a video published Tuesday by the terrorist group’s propaganda wing.
NBC News terrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann, whose company Flashpoint Global Partners spotted the video titled “The Tragedy of Syria: Between the Crimes of the Nusayris and the Scheming of the West,” said the video made no reference to the reported drone strike early on June 4, and was very likely recorded prior to the attack.
Though al-Qaida’s As-Sahab propaganda wing and jihadist Web forums hosting the video continue to describe al-Libi with honorific titles suggesting he is alive, the video itself did not indicate whether he was living or dead.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said a week ago that al-Libi had been killed in North Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s northwest tribal area, but did not confirm that he died in a U.S. drone attack – a sensitive matter with Pakistani officials.
“I can’t get into details about how his death was brought about, but I can tell you that he served as al-Qaida’s general manger, responsible for overseeing the group’s day-to-day operations in the tribal areas of Pakistan and he managed the outreach to al-Qaida’s regional affiliates,” Carney said.