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Exclusive: Al Qaeda No. 2 Injured?
cbsnews.com ^ | August 1, 2008

Posted on 08/01/2008 5:08:11 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

Unverified Letter Obtained By CBS News Urgently Requests Doctor To Treat Ayman al-Zawahiri

CBS) Ayman al-Zawahiri - the second most powerful leader in al Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden's No. 2 - may be critically wounded and possibly dead, CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan reports exclusively.

CBS News has obtained a copy of an intercepted letter from sources in Pakistan, which urgently requests a doctor to treat al-Zawahiri. He's believed to be somewhere in Pakistan's remote tribal areas of Pakistan.

The letter refers to Sheikh Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri by name - and says that he is in "severe pain" and his "injuries are infected."

It is reportedly written by local Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, whose signature and seal are visible on the letter.

The Taliban logo and the Mehsud's seal have been confirmed by experts as legitimate.

However, CBS News has not been able to confirm the authenticity of Baitullah Mehsud's signature and seal.

The letter is dated July 29 - one day after a U.S. air strike that killed al Qaeda weapons expert Abu Khabab al-Masri, and five other Arabs in South Waziristan.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2good2betrue; afghanistan; alqaeda; alzawahiri; aymanalzawahiri; binladen; globaljihad; mohammedanism; pakistan; taliban; wot; zawahiri
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Osama Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri

1 posted on 08/01/2008 5:08:11 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s dead Jim, been dead before.


2 posted on 08/01/2008 5:09:08 PM PDT by Tarpon (Ignorance, the most expensive commodity produced by mankind.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

May the worthless bast#rd die in agony. I feel sorry for the worms.


3 posted on 08/01/2008 5:09:34 PM PDT by Soliton (Investigate, study, learn, then express an opinion)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

May need the 82nd Airborne to pay a visit to that location....


4 posted on 08/01/2008 5:10:13 PM PDT by blasater1960 ( Dt 30, Ps 111, The Torah is perfect, attainable, now and forever)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Nice dresses.


5 posted on 08/01/2008 5:10:52 PM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Wonderful news, if it’s true.


6 posted on 08/01/2008 5:11:11 PM PDT by AlaskaErik (I served and protected my country for 31 years. Democrats spent that time trying to destroy it.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY; dead; Cindy; Straight Vermonter

ping


7 posted on 08/01/2008 5:12:12 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Soliton
May the worthless bast#rd die in agony. I feel sorry for the worms.

Since he's not Ted Kennedy, I think we can all safely second that motion.

8 posted on 08/01/2008 5:12:14 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Barack Obama--the first black Jimmy Carter.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

They are calling on the American Media to help him?

LOL


9 posted on 08/01/2008 5:13:26 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: AlaskaErik

It’s SeeBS it must be true.


10 posted on 08/01/2008 5:13:34 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Free ThinkerNY; Squantos; archy; CodeToad
Don't bother looking up, they fly too high to see or hear.


11 posted on 08/01/2008 5:13:55 PM PDT by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Al Qaeda #2” has got to be the toughest job - lots of turnover in that position, it seems.


12 posted on 08/01/2008 5:14:11 PM PDT by Sgt Joe Friday 714
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To: Tarpon

I have high confidence, that if he isn’t dead, he will be, in a matter of days.


13 posted on 08/01/2008 5:14:33 PM PDT by DGHoodini (Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
“The letter refers to Sheikh Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri by name - and says that he is in “severe pain” and his “injuries are infected.”

Excellent. May he rot, croak and then rot further in hell.

14 posted on 08/01/2008 5:14:52 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Been here before)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I hope that spot on his forehead has been replaced with a 30 cal hole.


15 posted on 08/01/2008 5:15:52 PM PDT by Hacklehead (Crush the liberals, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of the hippies.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Democrats everywhere are deeply saddened and angered by our barbaric policies against this misunderstood fellow and his peaceful followers.


16 posted on 08/01/2008 5:15:57 PM PDT by NoobRep
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To: Jet Jaguar

‘Dan Rather, please pick up the sickle shaped phone...Zawahiri needs your help’

LOL

This is unbelievable....LMAO!!


17 posted on 08/01/2008 5:16:21 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: AdmSmith; Cap Huff; Coop; Dog; Ernest_at_the_Beach; ganeshpuri89; Boot Hill; Snapple; ...

We’ve been through this before. Nonetheless, keep your fingers crossed.


18 posted on 08/01/2008 5:16:45 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
However, CBS News has not been able to confirm the authenticity of Baitullah Mehsud's signature and seal.

CBS to confirm authenticity? Thats a good one.

I have an idea, ask Barack. He spent a college summer in Pakistan. He has radical friends there too.

19 posted on 08/01/2008 5:18:08 PM PDT by Selmore (Son Matthew is at Ft. Sill, Daughter Kimberly is at Parris Island.)
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To: Sgt Joe Friday 714
“Al Qaeda #2” has got to be the toughest job - lots of turnover in that position, it seems.

Nope. This has been Bin Laden's right hand man since well before 9/11; he's a big deal. The number 3 spot, on the other hand, has had some turnover.

20 posted on 08/01/2008 5:19:45 PM PDT by xjcsa (Has anyone seen my cornballer?)
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To: Straight Vermonter

Good lord..have you guys read the comments over at CBS below this story?

Libs are truly deranged!


21 posted on 08/01/2008 5:20:08 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Candygram...


22 posted on 08/01/2008 5:20:15 PM PDT by Jim Noble (When He rolls up His sleeves, He ain't just puttin' on the Ritz)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
So, Khabab went "KABOOM" and al-Zawahiri went "Kaflooey".

"I like it when a plan comes together". - Col. John "Hannibal" Smith

Couldn't happen to two more deserving ragheads (except the Osama one, of course). But maybe... ???

23 posted on 08/01/2008 5:20:33 PM PDT by bcsco (To heck with a third party. We need a second one....)
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To: headstamp 2

Hope his pus-filled body suffers greatly before the end, if he is not already dead.


24 posted on 08/01/2008 5:20:46 PM PDT by Enchante ( Celebutante Obambi goes to GERMANY to apologize for unwarranted (sic) aggression! Brilliant!!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

well it looks like maybe the letter never got to the doctor .. i wonder if cbs is going “oops!”


25 posted on 08/01/2008 5:21:53 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch (the opposite of anything is holiness)
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To: penelopesire

What a DAY!

Obama gets heckled by young black men.

Obama calls for windfall profits tax on oil companies, to be given to Americans @ the rate of $1,000 per person.

Conservative Congressmen show creativity, guts, humor and STRENGTH of the floor of the House.

Al Zawahiri...might be history.


26 posted on 08/01/2008 5:23:02 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’m heading over to Huffington, Kos, et al to read the great news and all of the congratulations for our brave fighting men and our country.........(jeopardy music)....Ok, i’m back.


27 posted on 08/01/2008 5:23:25 PM PDT by Selmore (Son Matthew is at Ft. Sill, Daughter Kimberly is at Parris Island.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I wonder if he is really dead or just dead again.


28 posted on 08/01/2008 5:23:51 PM PDT by bilhosty
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To: Straight Vermonter

The infection part of this story sounds a little too quick for reality, nonetheless I’m really wishing this is all true.


29 posted on 08/01/2008 5:24:05 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Thanks for the ping, Jet Jaguar.


30 posted on 08/01/2008 5:24:23 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Sgt Joe Friday 714
“Al Qaeda #2” has got to be the toughest job - lots of turnover in that position, it seems.

You're thinking of the #3s, the "operations commander" position -- there have been a whole bunch of those killed, starting with around 2 months after 9/11.

al-Zawahiri, otoh, has been in his #2 position continuously since his Egyptian Jihad was absorbed into Bin Laden's Al Qaeda back in the '90s. Some think al-Zawahiri has really been the largest driving force in Al Qaeda and that Bin Laden has long been more of a figurehead and propaganda tool. In any case, this is truly HUGE if true.

31 posted on 08/01/2008 5:24:27 PM PDT by Enchante ( Celebutante Obambi goes to GERMANY to apologize for unwarranted (sic) aggression! Brilliant!!)
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To: Soliton

Then let the buzzards feast. Surely you can’t feel sorry for buzzards.


32 posted on 08/01/2008 5:24:55 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: headstamp 2

“Doctor, heal thyself!” Bwaaa! Hope we got him at last. He’s supposed to be the brains of the outfit.


33 posted on 08/01/2008 5:25:25 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Dog

Fascinating.


34 posted on 08/01/2008 5:25:36 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I find it interesting that in the picture, Osama is wearing a U.S. woodland camouflage BDU jacket, or a good facsimile thereof.
35 posted on 08/01/2008 5:26:39 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: normy

The buzzards deserve better


36 posted on 08/01/2008 5:26:46 PM PDT by Soliton (Investigate, study, learn, then express an opinion)
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To: Selmore

awesome!


37 posted on 08/01/2008 5:28:10 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: SE Mom

Isn’t it grand?

I did not do anything today other than Freep and call congresscritters....LOL


38 posted on 08/01/2008 5:29:16 PM PDT by penelopesire ("The only CHANGE you will get with the Democrats is the CHANGE left in your pocket")
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To: Sgt Joe Friday 714
“Al Qaeda #2” has got to be the toughest job - lots of turnover in that position, it seems.

While this has been true of AQ in Iraq, old Ayman has held the #2 slot in the global outfit for many years. Hopefully he's killed soon.
39 posted on 08/01/2008 5:31:36 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: penelopesire

LOL! Yep- grand, indeed!


40 posted on 08/01/2008 5:32:51 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: xjcsa
This has been Bin Laden's right hand man since well before 9/11; he's a big deal...

Since this guy is Al Queda's number two guy, wouldn't the more culturally-sensitive term be Bin Laden's left hand man?

Yeah, I know that semi-obscure "number two" jokes are pretty lame and juvenile, but if the shoe fits...

41 posted on 08/01/2008 5:34:09 PM PDT by Zeppo (Every mighty mild... seventies child... Beats me (Metric - Combat Baby))
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To: Tarpon

Is Lara Logan carrying his baby?


42 posted on 08/01/2008 5:34:33 PM PDT by Krankor (N)
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To: Krankor
Is there no freeper Lara Logan rule??

Look at that big ole saggy boob stickin' out. Kinda looks like old Fred's daughter, er, wife. Except Lara's much better looking.

43 posted on 08/01/2008 5:37:15 PM PDT by Huck (A Teddy Roosevelt wannabe is better than a Che Guevara wannabe.)
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To: Jim Noble

Yeah buddy!


44 posted on 08/01/2008 5:37:39 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: SE Mom

And McCain puts out another brilliant ad and wins the week hands down.


45 posted on 08/01/2008 5:37:58 PM PDT by Huck (A Teddy Roosevelt wannabe is better than a Che Guevara wannabe.)
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To: Zeppo

Left hand person.


46 posted on 08/01/2008 5:38:32 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I guess he was just mostly dead before. Please let him be all dead this time.


47 posted on 08/01/2008 5:39:22 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

“Doctor, heal thyself!”
I think the quote I meant is “Physician, heal thyself.” Not “Doctor.”


48 posted on 08/01/2008 5:39:27 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ("Don't touch that thing")
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To: Huck

She needs a little help with ‘adjustment’ in that uneven cleavage..... I’d volunteer except the thought of all the different men she’s been with in the past few months might cool my ardor....


49 posted on 08/01/2008 5:41:49 PM PDT by Enchante ( Celebutante Obambi goes to GERMANY to apologize for unwarranted (sic) aggression! Brilliant!!)
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To: xjcsa

Right. Dr. Z has a major mouth on him. He is a physician from Egypt. The spot on his forehead is probably a Seal sniper’s laser dot. Why call a Doctor? Just tell him top heal thyself. Oh yea, we need a phone trace to follow the cruise missiles into vector.


50 posted on 08/01/2008 5:42:23 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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