Khalid Habib, the al Qaeda figure believed to be organizing a new terror attack against the United States is dead.
The official says the U.S. now has evidence that Khalid Habib was killed in an unmanned air strike two weeks ago in the South Waziristan region of Pakistan. Until now, there had been no official confirmation of reports of Habib’s death from local militants in the area.
“He was the person responsible for planning and organizing attacks in the Pakistan and overseas, including the U.S.,” the senior official said. “This was a really big deal that has not received much attention.”
Considered the number four leader of al Qaeda, Habib was a long-time associate close to both Osama bin Laden and Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Habib had been reported killed by Pakistani officials several times over the last few years, only to re-emerge at the center of what U.S. official say is the al Qaeda operational command.