ABCNews is reporting that Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda's second in command and its most vocal representative these days, may have been killed by a CIA drone in the border region of Pakistan. Let's hope that these reports turn out to be true. We haven't seen a video from bin Laden in more than a year and instead have seen al-Zawahiri taking the lead. No one really knows why this is - bin Laden may be too remote to really lead al-Qaeda, he may be dead, or something else - but it seems that a dead al-Zawahiri would be a boon to the war on terrorism. Certainly al-Qaeda has moved on to become more than just its leaders, but if the reports of his death prove accurate, this would be a huge step forward against terrorism - unlike our current efforts in the terrorist factory that is Iraq.
**UPDATE**: It seems that we may not have gotten al-Zawahiri. Drat. Pakistan of course is declaring its outrage for this attack on Pakistani territory, but they knew this was going on. Hopefully we'll get him, and bin Laden, next time.