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Targeted deaths curb al-Qaida's expansion
AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/18/09 | Paisley Dodds - ap

Posted on 09/18/2009 6:00:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LONDON – Recent targeted attacks that killed militants in Somalia, Indonesia and Pakistan have chipped away at al-Qaida's power base, sapping the terror network of key leaders and experienced operatives who train recruits and wage attacks.

Intelligence officials said Friday that the military strikes have reduced al-Qaida's core leadership to only a handful of men and diminished its ability to train fighters. This, they said, has forced al-Qaida to turn to its global affiliates for survival.

The killings of Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in Somalia, Noordin Muhammed Top in Indonesia and Baitullah Mehsud in Pakistan — all in recent weeks — have been the latest blow.

A U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject, said the deaths deal "a major near-term blow to their respective militant groups."

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; curb; deaths; expansion; globaljihad; gwot; mhmmdnsm09182009; targeted; wot

1 posted on 09/18/2009 6:00:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

At least there won’t be years of investigation into the “torture” of these particular Jihadists.


2 posted on 09/18/2009 6:03:16 PM PDT by Paladin2 (Big Ears + Big Spending --> BigEarMarx, the man behind TOTUS)
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To: NormsRevenge

A nuke in Somalia would do wonders for our progress. But we can’t allow ourselves to actually WIN the war now do we?


3 posted on 09/18/2009 6:04:16 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: Paladin2
I'm sure the UN will investigate. The AU will assist.

Nicolas Bwakira, the African Union (AU) envoy to Somalia, addresses a media briefing in Kenya's capital Nairobi, September 18, 2009. Somalia's al Shabaab insurgents have six more stolen United Nations vehicles primed as suicide bombs, the government said on Friday. Bwakira called for donor countries to reinforce AMISOM with more troops and heavier guns. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA)

4 posted on 09/18/2009 6:06:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge
What happened to his hand?

Did it choke on a chicken bone?

5 posted on 09/18/2009 6:07:28 PM PDT by _Jim
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To: NormsRevenge
- “A U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity”

This is a big change in tune now that their boy Obama is sinking in the polls than from when Bush was president and the same AP had countless news stories about how it did not matter that Terrorists were being killed and that we were in fact creating more terrorists by doing so.

6 posted on 09/18/2009 6:07:36 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (It's A Girl!)
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To: NormsRevenge

B-b-b-b-but....I thought congress outlawed “assassinations??”

Wait until Obama hears about this! More investigations!


7 posted on 09/18/2009 6:08:46 PM PDT by Travis McGee (---www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com---)
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To: Travis McGee

I wasn’t gonna post this question,, but ..

What would Gerald Ford do, a longtime Congre$$ occupant?

Taking into account his EO re: targeted assassination of leaders of foreign countries.. He Just said No to Whack-a-Despot.. Yet today, we plink foreign belligerents and damned be the collateral damage.

These are extraordinary times but just sayin’, yaknow.


8 posted on 09/18/2009 6:13:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
During President Bush time we captured and killed over 2/3 of Al Qaeda leadership, killed and captured tens of thousands of terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan but the treasonous media was attacking President for killing and capturing the terrorists.
9 posted on 09/18/2009 6:17:00 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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Residents ride on a pick-up truck that supplies milk and other items in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, September 2, 2009. REUTERS/Omar Faruk (SOMALIA SOCIETY)


10 posted on 09/18/2009 6:17:41 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: jveritas

During President Bush time we captured and killed over 2/3 of Al Qaeda leadership, killed and captured tens of thousands of terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

Yup,
Bush’s Fault!

The media that has an agenda has a hard time spinning some things like facts like that.


11 posted on 09/18/2009 6:19:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: NormsRevenge

The only good ones of that sort are the dead ones.


12 posted on 09/18/2009 6:19:56 PM PDT by mathurine (qu)
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To: jveritas

President=President Bush


13 posted on 09/18/2009 6:20:38 PM PDT by jveritas (God Bless our brave troops)
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To: NormsRevenge

Kill Jihads! Kill Jihads! Kill More Jihads!


14 posted on 09/18/2009 6:53:12 PM PDT by naturalized
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To: NormsRevenge
re: #10

That's a picture of socialists riding on a machine built by capitalists. And, about to experience a blow-out.

15 posted on 09/18/2009 6:58:29 PM PDT by budwiesest (All Sarah has to do is go out and be Sarah. The people will do the rest.)
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To: NormsRevenge

16 posted on 09/18/2009 7:03:12 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Proud FR Mobster)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Recent targeted attacks that killed militants in Somalia, Indonesia and Pakistan have chipped away at al-Qaida's power base
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17 posted on 09/18/2009 8:53:56 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Marine_Uncle; BOBTHENAILER; Fred Nerks; ...
Seems like the right thing to do.

It's amazing how the AP is changing it's tune....

18 posted on 09/18/2009 9:09:28 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Niuhuru

A nuke in Simalia would be called “Nation Building”


19 posted on 09/18/2009 9:13:23 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: NormsRevenge

#10- African HOV lane


20 posted on 09/18/2009 9:14:48 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com ............. http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com)
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To: NormsRevenge
A U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject, ..

THEN KEEP YOUR PIE HOLE SHUT MAGGOT!

21 posted on 09/18/2009 9:18:56 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Send them more UN trucks./sarc.


22 posted on 09/19/2009 6:50:49 AM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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