Al Qaeda Will Miss Slain Leader's "Potent Characteristics"

Experts say al-Libi's talents will cause heartburn for al Qaeda, but caution group "has a deep bench."

Sheikh Abu Yahia Al-Libi
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Recruiting, building and cultivating the group, planning operations—all were tasks that for years fell to bin Laden. Since his death, experts say, it appeared al-Libi had taken on a larger role in each area.

"Al-Zawahiri doesn't have the tools to run this organization on his own," says Nelson. "Any strike like this one is a success. But it's not a cause for celebration. There's still a lot more work to do against al Qaeda." 

John T. Bennett covers national security and foreign policy for U.S. News & World Report. You can contact him at jbennett@usnews.com or follow him on Twitter. 

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