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Al Qaeda’s second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi killed in CIA drone attack

“Al Qaeda‘s second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi has been killed in a CIA drone strike in Pakistan.

Al-Libi was targetted in a pre-dawn US drone strike in North Waziristan, a Taliban and Al Qaeda stronghold along the Afghan border, on Monday.

American officials are describing al-Libi’s death as the most important blow to Al Qaeda since US special forces troops swooped into Pakistan last year and killed Osama bin Laden.

Al-Qaeda's deputy leader Abu Yahya al-Libi speaking at an undisclosed location. Al-Libi was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan on June 5.Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader Abu Yahya al-Libi speaking at an undisclosed location. Al-Libi was killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan on June 5.

Target: The successful mission will support the CIA's controversial use of drone strikesTarget: The successful mission will support the CIA’s controversial use of drone strikes

A trusted lieutenant of bin Laden, al-Libi has appeared in countless Al-Qaeda videos and is considered the chief architect of its global propaganda machine.

He was a Libyan citizen and had a $1 million price on his head.

White House spokesman Jay Carney called al-Libi’s death a ‘major blow’ to the group and described him as an operational leader and a ‘general manager’ of al Qaeda.

He said al-Libi had a range of experience that would be hard for al Qaeda to replicate and brought the terror network closer than ever to its ultimate demise.

Carney said: ‘His death is part of the degradation that has been taking place to core al Qaeda during the past several years and that degradation has depleted the ranks to such an extent that there’s no clear successor.’

The announcement comes as U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan entered their third consecutive day, with rockets killing 15 people in the country’s northwest on Monday afternoon.

This attack brought the death toll from drone attacks in Pakistan in the past three days to 27.

The death of Libyan-born al-Libi is being described as the most significant blow to al Qaeda since Osama bin Laden's death last yearThe death of Libyan-born al-Libi is being described as the most significant blow to al Qaeda since Osama bin Laden’s death last year

sdfgProtests: Pakistani men burn mock NATO and US flags during a protest against the U.S. drones attacks in Multan, Pakistan on Monday

Al-Libi would be the latest in the dozen-plus senior commanders removed in the clandestine U.S. war against al-Qaeda since Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden last year.

The White House maintains a list of terrorist targets to be killed or captured, compiled by the military and the CIA and ultimately approved by the president.

Al-Libi’s death would be ‘another reason not to accept Pakistan’s demand for an end to drone wars,’ added Brookings Institute’s Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer and adviser to the White House on Afghanistan and Pakistan policy.

Pakistani protesters took to the streets on Monday, shouting anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration in the city of Multan.

They burnt both U.S. and Nato flags as they chanted and their hand-drawn signs had slogans stating ‘America and Nato are war terrorists.”

Source: The Daily Mail UK

Number of female CIOs dropping fast: survey

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg ... dubbed the Justin Bieber of the tech world.Facebook‘s Sheryl Sandberg … dubbed the Justin Bieber of the tech world. Photo: AFP

By Sonia Paul

This post was originally published on Mashable.

“The number of women in senior positions at tech companies is down for the second year in a row, according to a recent survey.

The US arm of the British-based Harvey Nash Group and the data center provider TelecityGroup found that 9 per cent of current US chief information officers (CIOs) are female. Last year, that figure was 11 per cent. In 2010, it was 12 percent.

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According to a report from Reuters, 30 per cent of those polled stated there was no female representation in the management section of their IT organisation. However, only half of the respondents considered women to be underrepresented in the IT department.

The respondents included 450 American technology leaders.

Meanwhile, a White House report on the state of women’s employment in the US, released in April, found that women comprise only 25 per cent of all STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.

That’s not to say that women haven’t reached senior levels at several top tech companies – Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook, is a notable example. Yet Facebook still has no women on its executive board.

The White House report attributed this representation to two factors: Women are studying STEM fields in college at a lower rate than men, and many women who earn STEM degrees don’t necessarily pursue STEM-related careers.

Moreover, the fact that women are currently absent from the top positions at IT departments makes it harder to attract women to these roles – thereby perpetuating the lack of female representation.

“Less and less women are attracted into that space so you wind up creating a self-fulfilling prophecy,” Anna Frazetto, senior vice president of international technology solutions at Harvey Nash USA, told Reuters. “It’s not a very welcoming arena to be in.”

Women are also still plagued by the “preconceived notion” that they are focused on other priorities, such as starting a family, according to the Reuters report.

In addition, as Mashable previously reported, female advancement in any career has much to do with self-advocacy – and women tend to not to take on the “negotiating mindset” to ask for promotion opportunities, better pay rates or flexible scheduling the way their male counterparts might.

Recent studies, however, have found that employing women in the upper echelons of companies pays off for both women and their companies. In the tech field, women-owned, venture-backed companies have 12 per cent higher revenues.

In addition, companies whose top positions are equally filled by men and women garnered 30 per cent better results from IPOs.

So where might women be able to break into these companies? In the Harvey Nash survey, the majority of respondents said their organisation is facing a skills shortage in business analysis and project management. According to Frazzetto, this is causing a paradigm shift in smaller companies, and larger companies may very well follow suit.

“The skills shortage is the biggest it’s ever been, and it’s going to cause companies to get a little more creative in shifting the culture of organisations,” said Frazetto.

What do you think women can do to promote themselves in this organisational “culture shift?” Do you have any other advice for women trying to break into technology? Let us know in the comments.

Mashable is the largest independent news source covering digital culture, social media and technology.

Source:  Sydney Morning Herald

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