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Al-Qaida figure believed killed in US drone strike
Yahoo News ^ | 02/21/11 | ISHTIAQ MAHSUD

Posted on 02/21/2011 12:35:58 PM PST by MissesBush

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan – An Iraqi al-Qaida operative was believed to be one of 15 militants killed in two U.S. missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border Monday, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The officials said the man, identified as Abu Zaid al-Iraqi, handled the terrorist group's finances in Pakistan. He was not known to be on any published U.S. lists of wanted al-Qaida leaders, and U.S. officials do not normally acknowledge the existence of the CIA-led missile program or talk about who is being killed.

The two strikes, coming roughly 24 hours apart, were the first since the arrest of a U.S. citizen who shot two Pakistanis in late January. There had been speculation that Washington had put a hold on the disputed tactic while it pressured Pakistan to release the American, saying he has diplomatic immunity and acted in self-defense.

In the first strike, which occurred overnight Monday, three missiles hit a house in the village of Kaza Panga in the Azam Warsak area of the South Waziristan tribal region, said two intelligence officials.

Al-Iraqi was believed to be one of several foreigners among the seven dead. He was described as being in his late 30s and going by the local name "Ali Khan." Al-Iraqi is believed to have shifted to South Waziristan in 2008 after time spent in Afghanistan.

The officials said they learned of his death through agents on the ground in South Waziristan, as well as sources in the Taliban. Nonetheless, independent confirmation of such deaths is nearly impossible because of the remote, dangerous nature of the areas involved. Rarely are bodies made available as proof.

Pakistan's tribal regions have long been key hideouts for Taliban and al-Qaida fighters, including many from other countries.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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They suspended these strikes for a month because of a diplomatic row with Pakistan??? How many Al Qaeda scum did we let get away during that time?? Obama should study Vietnam a little. Bombing pauses don't accomplish a thing other than allowing the enemy to regroup and re-arm.
1 posted on 02/21/2011 12:36:01 PM PST by MissesBush
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To: MissesBush

Zot.

“a diplomatic row with Pakistan”
trying to get the CIA guy back?


2 posted on 02/21/2011 12:39:01 PM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge MA grad student. Many younger conservative Christians out there? __ Click my name)
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To: MissesBush

When do drones start flying over Madison?


3 posted on 02/21/2011 12:46:08 PM PST by JPG (As WI goes, so goes the nation. Thank you, Gov Walker.)
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To: JPG

The best policy Obama has continued since Bush no question.


4 posted on 02/21/2011 12:47:39 PM PST by romanesq (For George Soros so loved the world, he gave us Obama)
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To: MissesBush
"Bombing pauses don't accomplish a thing other than allowing the enemy to regroup and re-arm."

Tora Bora 2001.

5 posted on 02/21/2011 12:47:40 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: MissesBush
Anonymous officials telling reporters the type of information which they don't usually release and in this instance, facts which can not be confirmed nor can the sources and methods be discussed.
But man our CIC is really sumpthin. It seems like years since we have seen him topless. He is so intelligent, and not in over his head at all./SARC
6 posted on 02/21/2011 12:47:48 PM PST by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know.)
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To: JPG
When do drones start flying over Madison? How do we know they haven't? /s
7 posted on 02/21/2011 12:52:23 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: JPG
When do drones start flying over Madison?

They don't.

All of the drones in WI walk on two legs.

8 posted on 02/21/2011 12:58:07 PM PST by HKMk23 (It won't be "Justice" until wicked people fry.)
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To: MissesBush

Pakis are pissed cuz b4 we pull the trigger often we don’t tell them or ask them.

And that’s cuz often the target is more or less THEIR GUY.

There was a big article about this, recently.

I knew it was bad, but I didn’t know it was THAT bad.

The regular meetings the CIA has been having with the ISI are also ALL CANCELED. That doesn’t mean they meet, and all present are less than forthcoming, no.

That means no one shows up, and the conferences just aren’t scheduled.


9 posted on 02/21/2011 1:06:11 PM PST by gaijin
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To: MissesBush

Was it the #3 guy again?


10 posted on 02/21/2011 1:18:44 PM PST by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: gaijin
The ISI was created to cause instability in many areas of Paky life. We lost several very fine people and assets to the leaks of this organization. What sucks is you can never get anyone in tyhe government to accept any accountability. They act as if this organization is some kind of out of body experience that they can't control.
11 posted on 02/21/2011 1:30:56 PM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Redcloak

GMTA....


12 posted on 02/21/2011 1:40:42 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Monthly Donors Welcome.)
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To: MissesBush
How long until Hussein issues an apology?
13 posted on 02/21/2011 1:47:01 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat
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To: Recovering_Democrat

You can never defeat an insurgency which has a safe
refuge in a bordering country.

(We should have learned that from Vietnam.)


14 posted on 02/21/2011 3:49:45 PM PST by CondorFlight (I)
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To: MissesBush

....and another one bites the dust......


15 posted on 02/21/2011 4:18:00 PM PST by LUV W (No Compromise!)
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To: Redcloak
Was it the #3 guy again?

A refreshing change of pace; we got the CPA. The #3 position is still unfilled.

16 posted on 02/21/2011 4:24:19 PM PST by Nachoman (Wisdom is learned, cynicism is earned.)
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To: Nachoman

The #3 position is always unfilled because it’s always the #3 guy that gets whacked in these raids. Being the #3 guy in Al Qaeda is the most dangerous job in the world.


17 posted on 02/21/2011 4:41:44 PM PST by Redcloak (What's your zombie plan?)
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To: Redcloak

On a positive note, the #3 guys are almost never called by life insurance salesmen.


18 posted on 02/21/2011 5:02:51 PM PST by Nachoman (Wisdom is learned, cynicism is earned.)
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To: Redcloak
Was it the #3 guy again?

ROFLMAO! I almost spewed my soda thru my nose onto the keyboard when I read that because I was thinking the exact same thing! LOL It truly sucks to be both the number three guy and the number four guy in AQ over there. The number three guys are getting killed with nauseating regularity which rolls the former number four guy into the number three position. At which time the clock on his life starts running down with the new number four guy sweating profusely as well.

19 posted on 02/21/2011 5:23:24 PM PST by ExSoldier ("Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil: It has no point.")
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To: MissesBush

Obama’s base deeply saddened. ...and probably a bit ticked off as well.


20 posted on 02/21/2011 5:42:44 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: Nachoman
A refreshing change of pace; we got the CPA. The #3 position is still unfilled.

Ohhh....If we could get a lawyer or 2...man, that'd be great.....

21 posted on 02/21/2011 7:21:45 PM PST by FDNYRHEROES (In just His first 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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