Al-Qaeda Official Taunts US, Offers Six Steps for Victory
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The man now poised to succeed Osama bin Laden as terrorist-in-chief, and the embodiment of the "New Al-Qaeda Man," is Shaykh Abu Yahya al-Libi. Although he has a long track record of terrorism, even serving as the Taliban's webmaster in 2001, Abu Yahya al-Libi's climb officially began in July 2005 when he escaped from America's Bagram military prison in Afghanistan. An obscure terrorist at the time of his prison break, he has since enjoyed a meteoric rise into the senior ranks of al-Qaeda and has been integral in recalibrating the organization.A panel of experts on al-Qaeda discuss the making of the organization's new leadership.