The operational commander of al-Qaida, possibly the No. 3 official in the terrorist organization, was killed early Thursday morning by a CIA missile attack on a safehouse in Pakistan, officials told NBC News. Pakistan's information minister later confirmed the militant leader's killing.The Last Al-Queda No. 3 Abu Faraj al-Libbi was captured on May 2005:
The alleged No. 3 man in al Qaeda -- believed responsible for the terror group's global operations -- has been captured in northwest Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said Wednesday.Before that it was Saif al-Adel back in May 2003:
Al-Qaeda's third-ranked leader and alleged mastermind of this month's bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, has been seized in Iran, according to senior intelligence sources.
The United States has identified Saif al-Adel as the most senior al-Qaeda member linked to the attacks that killed 34 people, including one Australian.