It was reported yesterday that Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed the death of his deputy Abu Yahya al-Libi in a drone strike in Waziristan in a 42-minute video he released on the anniversary of 9/11, the first such video released by the worldwide terrorist group in three months.
Abu Yahya al-Libi took over from Osama bin Laden after U.S. forces brought down the 9/11 mastermind a year and a half ago.
Nelson said in his statement:
In light of Monday night’s Internet-video statement by the head of al Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, who urged Libyans to attack Americans to avenge the recent death of al-Libi, I am asking my colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee to immediately investigate what role al Qaeda or its affiliates may have played in the attacks in Libya and Egypt, and to urge appropriate action.
Although there has been a lot of media chatter about Mitt Romney's response to the initial U.S. response to the violence reported last night from Libya (which came before the news that our ambassador and three others were killed), that will probably subside and move on to the bigger issue about the anger in the Middle East, as demonstrators stormed the walls of the American Embassy in Cairo as well. There have also been reports of protests in Gaza.
Senator Nelson warns that "for the safety of the remaining Americans, we need to secure our embassies in North Africa and around the world — and to stop terrorist-inspired mobs from doing evil deeds."