Skip to comments.U.S. Nearly Assassinated Top Al Qaeda Leader Awlaki, Sources Say
Posted on 07/19/2011 7:12:38 PM PDT by Pan_Yan
The U.S. nearly took out Anwar Al-Awlaki, a top Al Qaeda target in Yemen, in an assassination attempt days after the killing of Usama bin Laden, senior U.S. defense and intelligence sources tell Fox News.
On May 5, Marine Harrier jets were sent on a mission to follow Awlaki using intelligence provided by Yemenis hoping to keep President Ali Abdullah Saleh in power.
The aircraft were able to locate Awlaki traveling in a truck. But fuel storage and technical problems with the jets Griffin missiles a new and improved version of a Hellfire missile -- caused the operation to fail and allowed him to escape.
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The Israelis wouldn’t have screwed up.
And we need to know this why??
Because almost no one can keep their traps shut anymore, so our government has to release secrets before someone else does.
Somebody send Fleabaghead a case of DEPENDS because I’m sure he really shit his pants when the first missile hit.
Don’t worry, Ali asskisser, we’re gonna get you. As the newsman in the original movie of “The Thing”, said in his broadcast, “Look to the skies.”
Yep, ragpicker, it’s death from above coming at you at about 400-500 mph. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.
Love Tobey Keith.
He’s probably not sleeping all that well these days.
They never had mechanical malfunctions? Go figure.
a top Al Qaeda target in Yemen. thanks Pan_Yan.
They are just checking to see if this leaked information will bump Odumbos numbers.
It’s not a near-miss, it’s a hit.
It’s not an “almost assassinated”, it’s... didn’t.
Why not wait until he comes back to Fairfax, VA in August for summer vacation? Andrews AFB or Quantico would be a short sortie.
It won’t help for more than a week, if that.
Don’t tell me the Marine Corps is going the way of the FBI.
If at first you don’t succeed...try, try again.
I love all this nearly stuff. Another nearly ... The republicans nearly avoided folding in the debt crisis defending us from new taxes ... But alas they are republicans. Gutless republicans true to their colors... Yellow
I'm like you: in fact, a pet peeve of mine is when a football announcer says, "That pass was ALMOST INTERCEPTED!" I always say, "It's equally valid to say: 'The cornerback ALMOST MESSED UP THAT PLAY EVEN WORSE THAN HE DID!'"
As a matter of fact, that "almost intercepted", "almost assassinated" idea is both a real victory and a moral victory for the other side -- and thus it's a negative to even mention it as such.
“Do or do not. There is no try.”
- Yoda -
..........absolutely! and, the boys flying those planes did their courageous best and deserve our praise!
I’m sure the pilots did not work on or load the missiles!
There’s a few proud dads out there! Kudo’s to all you guys too!
Nah, the Griffin is a super new and tiny missile —maybe just 40 pounds. You can carry two or more for every hellfire.
"Missed it by that much."
Tell that to Khaled Meshaal
The Israelis have screwed up plenty of times.
The Meshaal operation was one of the biggest screw ups in history, and is largely responsible for the existence and strength of Hamas in its current form.
They’ve missed guys a bunch of times.
I’d have taken at least one of ‘ole reliable - but then I was a Boy Scout.
What? Are there no guns on a Harrier?
My sentiments exactly. I had to replay the “breaking news” to see if I’d missed something.
Almost only counts in horse shoes, hand grenades and atomic bombs — excuses excuses excuses...
Raytheon's Griffin missile makes quiet gains with US military
The US Air Force plans to launch production of a new Raytheon missile to equip its weaponised unmanned air vehicles with a precision-guided projectile featuring a smaller but still potent blast radius.
Although less than one-third the size of Lockheed Martin's AGM-114 Hellfire, the Griffin is among of a new class of miniature, precision-guided weapons rising in demand during an era when aerial strikes on insurgents carries the risk of killing innocent civilians.
Can I sell “Obama nearly killed Al-Awlaki” shirts?
Waiting for Obama to assassinate the plotter of the 9-11 attacks who is IN our custody.
Oops. Damn. Low bidder, again.
No! But you can sell Obama nearly knows what he is doing! He doesn’t have a clue, he is the smartest, Dumb Ass! ever elected.
There's your problem. Our enemies employ tactics to kill as many as they can, hopefully innocent bystanders. We however employ the touchy feely kinder gentler approach. God forbid if we kill his driver, we just want to take out the one guy sitting in the rear passenger side seat.
Don’t we have guns in those Harriers?
At least no civilians were killed. >s
And I nearly won the lottery except I had the wrong numbers! You just can’t buy a decent Lottery ticket these days.
If everyone's asking the question it's probably not a stupid one.
All our pants-pressing Generals have been trying to get rid of guns since Vietnam.
Wiki says 25mm Gatling gun, although that may be out of date.
I almost had a head-on with over one thousand cars today driving on a two lane road.
How long does it take the GAU-12 to burn up 300 rounds? 3 seconds?
Oh, my pleasure. Love looking up hardware. Just looked that gun up again. I enjoy reading the specs. I post the info for people that are also interested.
I've seen True Lies a couple of times. I can't remember the Harrier scene. Wish I had total recall.
(Its rate of fire is normally 3,600 rounds per minute, with a maximum of 4,200 rounds per minute.)