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Bin Laden's No. 2 is Al Qaeda's new chief
The LA Times ^ | June 16, 2011 | Ken Dilanian

Posted on 06/17/2011 1:35:15 AM PDT by Pinkbell

In July 2005, Al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri sent a long letter to the group's lead operative in Iraq, urging him to tone down his activities.

In Iraq, Abu Musab Zarqawi had been orchestrating suicide bombings of Shiite Muslim shrines. His followers frequently videotaped the beheading of hostages. Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor who helped organize the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S. and other violence, told Zarqawi he was going too far.

"We are in a media battle, in a race for the hearts and minds" of Muslims, wrote Zawahiri, who was named Thursday to succeed Osama bin Laden as Al Qaeda's leader. And most Muslims "will never find [such tactics] palatable."

Zarqawi didn't heed the counsel, and a year later he was killed in a U.S. airstrike, aided by some of his growing number of enemies. If the attempt to rein him in revealed Zawahiri as a canny strategist, it also illustrated how little control Al Qaeda's leaders had over their affiliates even then.

Zawahiri, who has a $25-million American bounty on his head, will be looking to launch a major strike to prove himself and avenge Bin Laden, say U.S. officials and terrorism experts. But he may find the organization even more difficult to manage.

Al Qaeda and its offshoots have further splintered, Zawahiri lacks Bin Laden's charisma, and the U.S. drone campaign in Pakistan, where Zawahiri is presumed to be hiding, will make it more difficult for him to communicate, said Daniel Byman, director of research at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center for Middle East Policy, a Washington think tank.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 200506; alqaeda; alqueda; alzawahiri; aymanzawahiri; binladen; heartsandminds; napl; osamabinladen; zawahiri

1 posted on 06/17/2011 1:35:19 AM PDT by Pinkbell
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To: Pinkbell
Bin Laden's No. 2 is Al Qaeda's new chief

What a great headline :-)

2 posted on 06/17/2011 1:47:32 AM PDT by Bobalu ( "Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother." ..Moshe Dayan:)
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To: Pinkbell

Calling Seal Team 6. . . . . . . .


3 posted on 06/17/2011 1:51:52 AM PDT by DeaconRed (If I knew then what I know now. I would have studied harder in school. . . . .)
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To: Voter#537

Kinda hard to call in Seal Team 6 when the Pakistani informants who helped lead us to Osama are in Pakistani custody. Nice job, Obama. While you were crowing about killing Osama, you no doubt helped reveal the fact that we received help from said informants.


4 posted on 06/17/2011 1:59:44 AM PDT by CitizenUSA (Coming soon...DADT for Christians!)
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To: Voter#537

Posted on FR last week, a sign board that said:

Being a terrorist is like a King Salmon.
Life is good, until the SEALS show up!


5 posted on 06/17/2011 2:03:51 AM PDT by 21twelve (Obama Recreating the New Deal: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts)
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To: Pinkbell

Can you say, “Paint a target on him”?

Because this person is now doomed.

No significant change in status.


6 posted on 06/17/2011 3:18:12 AM PDT by alloysteel ("If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Free pun.


7 posted on 06/17/2011 3:29:35 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Pinkbell
"the attempt to rein [Zarqawi] in revealed Zawahiri as a canny strategist"

canny strategist??? It certainly doesn't take much to impress the editors at the LA Times, at least if you are a Muslim.

8 posted on 06/17/2011 3:43:07 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Galileo: In science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of one individual)
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To: Pinkbell

Ayman Zawahiri has always been the head of al-Qaeda and Osama bibLaden has always been the pocketbook and figurehead.
Zawahiri’s only change has been to now become the figurehead too
This scumbag needs killing.


9 posted on 06/17/2011 4:25:12 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (In 2012 get rid of Obama and his Empire of Lies.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Do not read this headline.


10 posted on 06/17/2011 7:05:11 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Do not read this headline.

Eh? Seems perfectly factual to me.


11 posted on 06/17/2011 9:56:28 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Pinkbell

12 posted on 06/17/2011 10:06:29 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Pinkbell

If it was the comapny I work for they’d bring in somebody from Hamas or Hezbollah because they never promote from within.


13 posted on 06/17/2011 10:08:34 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Slings and Arrows
I asked you not to read it!!
14 posted on 06/17/2011 10:14:54 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Pun is in prison? Been banned? What?


15 posted on 06/17/2011 10:16:36 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady
Pun is in prison?

Poor pun.

16 posted on 06/17/2011 12:25:34 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: TheOldLady
Do not read this headline.

Sorry. I accidentally read it.

17 posted on 06/17/2011 12:26:31 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Slings and Arrows

It’s okay for you to read it.

Slings and Arrows is the one who shouldn’t. ;-p


18 posted on 06/17/2011 12:53:31 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; SunkenCiv

Yeah, free pun.


19 posted on 06/17/2011 12:54:12 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady

To: TheOldLady
Free me! Free me! Free me!!!!!!!
19½ posted on 6/17/2010 4:02:35 PM EST by Pun (I just wanna be free!)

To: TheOldLady
Lol. Should we start a free pun campaign?

20 posted on 06/17/2011 1:16:24 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; Slings and Arrows; SunkenCiv
I'm not sure how popular that would be. Some people really groan when they hear pun.

I really can't believe how short this thread is. I figured it would be at 200 Number-2-joke posts by this time.

I guess you, Deo, and I just can't help a good thread hijacking. Sigh...


21 posted on 06/17/2011 1:30:12 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady
I figured it would be at 200 Number-2-joke posts by this time.

Yeah, I can't figure it out either. This thread was just asking for jokes and pics like this:


22 posted on 06/17/2011 1:36:42 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: TheOldLady
I guess you, Deo, and I just can't help a good thread hijacking.

Did someone say thread hijack? :-)


23 posted on 06/17/2011 1:38:48 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
I moved that one, sorry. Here it is again:


24 posted on 06/17/2011 1:46:26 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady

Thanks. I didn’t know it posted wrong. This computer that I am on right now has suddenly decided it wants to block photobucket, so currently all photobucket picks are just little red x’s until I can get this thing fixed.


25 posted on 06/17/2011 1:49:00 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

It’s showing a “moved or deleted” box on mine, but the one I posted is the De Niro “hijack” pic.

I hope that you get that fixed up soon.

For a while, I couldn’t get on the Astronomy Picture of the Day NASA web site unless I used the IP instead of the http://apod.nasa.gov link.

Then my computer did a couple of upgrades, and suddenly the link worked again.


26 posted on 06/17/2011 2:27:01 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; TheOldLady

We could start a “Free Pun-Pun” campaign. (100 geek points to all who catch that reference.)


27 posted on 06/17/2011 2:32:22 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Pinkbell

Ay, man!


28 posted on 06/17/2011 2:36:39 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: TheOldLady

Computers can be funny things.


29 posted on 06/17/2011 2:36:58 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: Slings and Arrows; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis; SunkenCiv

D&D? (I looked it up, and I just know you’re a grand master, Slings)

Fine. Free Pun-Pun!!


30 posted on 06/17/2011 2:50:35 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis

Hilarious.


31 posted on 06/17/2011 2:53:17 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; TheOldLady

This headline is factual.......

and deadly...for AQ leaders.

I would hate to be #2 for more than one reason.


32 posted on 06/18/2011 12:06:26 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery will always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: TheOldLady
Yep, Pun-Pun: Patron god of Munchkinry.
33 posted on 06/18/2011 12:30:46 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: dixiechick2000

I’ll say this much for Al Qaeda - they make it easy to keep our target list current.


34 posted on 06/18/2011 12:33:34 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Bobalu

The SEALS will No. 1 all over his grave.


35 posted on 06/18/2011 12:35:58 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Slings and Arrows

ROTFLOL!

Very true. ;o)


36 posted on 06/18/2011 12:56:51 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Age, skill, wisdom, and a little treachery will always overcome youth and arrogance!)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh! Then you’re a Real Man™, of course.


37 posted on 06/18/2011 6:19:31 AM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: TheOldLady

Of course.


38 posted on 06/18/2011 10:41:02 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!

39 posted on 06/18/2011 5:35:47 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
Johnny Cash famously played the punk rock bar Emo's back in the mid-1990s.

The club owners were so in awe that they nailed his stool to the ceiling afterwards...

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40 posted on 06/18/2011 5:38:36 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Ask Barack Obama this election if he believes Jesus Christ rose from the dead and walked among men.)
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To: a fool in paradise

I’ll bet he sang “Hurt.”


41 posted on 06/18/2011 6:12:32 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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