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BBC: Missile Got AQ's #3
Captain's Quarters ^ | Jan. 31, 2008 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:08 AM PST by jdm

The BBC reports that "senior Western counterterrorism officials" claim that the missile fired at a safe house in Pakistan two days ago killed Abu Laith al-Libi. Libi has "fallen as a martyr", according to an Islamist website:

US intelligence agencies have been investigating reports that a top al-Qaeda figure was killed in the Afghan-Pakistan border area this week.

It follows a missile attack in Pakistan's North Waziristan area in which 12 militants were reported killed.

While Western counter-terrorism officials told the BBC they believed Libi to be dead, they would not discuss how he was killed.

Some in American circles put the Libyan as #3 in al-Qaeda. He has appeared in AQ videos and internet communications, and in 2002 confirmed that Osama bin Laden had escaped Tora Bora. Abu Laith served as a field commander for AQ as well, crossing the border into Afghanistan to support the Taliban in their insurgent actions.

Seven months ago, the US tried killing al-Libi but hit a school instead. The incident caused a tremendous row with Afghanistan, and had many in the US questioning the conduct of the war there against the Taliban. The US had thought that al-Libi was worth the risk in collateral casualties, but it cost the government of Hamid Karzai support at the time and potentially weakened Kabul against the Taliban.

If they have killed al-Libi, it is a tremendous victory against AQ. It isn't the end of the war by any means, but it will send their networks into disarray, potentially stalling other attacks in Afghanistan and elsewhere and exposing more targets as the network attempts to recover. (via CapQ reader Bob Estes)


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; alqaeda; bbc; hvts; number3; toast

1 posted on 01/31/2008 11:52:11 AM PST by jdm
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To: jdm
...Libi has "fallen as a martyr"...

In several dozen pieces no doubt.

2 posted on 01/31/2008 11:53:33 AM PST by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Non-Sequitur
No relation, I presume, to "Scooter" al-Libi?


3 posted on 01/31/2008 11:57:11 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Dog

You nailed it!


4 posted on 01/31/2008 11:59:42 AM PST by cmsgop ( McCain , Do Not Want.....)
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To: jdm

Beautiful.


5 posted on 01/31/2008 12:00:11 PM PST by Poundstone
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To: Non-Sequitur

“...Libi has “fallen as a martyr”...”

Only after the body parts started downwards on their individual trajectories.

Good shootin’ boyz....


6 posted on 01/31/2008 12:02:31 PM PST by TexanToTheCore (If it ain't Rugby or Bullriding, it's for girls.........................................)
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To: jdm

OK we now have ID on one of them, wonder who the other 11 were.


7 posted on 01/31/2008 12:05:01 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: jdm
"Al Libi has fallen as a martyr....."

If a terrorist falls as a martyr and no one is around to hear him fall, does he still make a sound?

ARGHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhh........

Leni

8 posted on 01/31/2008 12:06:05 PM PST by MinuteGal (Mitt's My Guy!)
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To: TexanToTheCore

“Only after the body parts started downwards on their individual trajectories.”

Excellent mental image! I suspect his fellow travellers not killed by the missle had to clean Libi up with a Squiggy and an eye-dropper.


9 posted on 01/31/2008 12:08:12 PM PST by Towed_Jumper (Stephen Hopkins: Founding Father who had Cerebral Palsy.."My hand trembles, my heart does not.")
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To: jdm

I hope they caught it on video.


10 posted on 01/31/2008 12:08:37 PM PST by csvset
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To: Non-Sequitur

...Libi has “fallen as a martyr”...

He wasn’t a martyr, he just assumed room temperature, courtesy of the United States miliatary.

U-S-A! U-S-A! How’s that taste Al-qaeda?


11 posted on 01/31/2008 12:13:14 PM PST by VA_Gentleman (Doing my part to prove that global warming is a hoax.)
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To: jdm

Osama at the Pearly Gates

After getting nailed by a Daisy Cutter, Osama made his way to the Pearly Gates. He was met there by George Washington.

“How dare you attack the nation I helped establish!” yelled Washington, smacking Osama in the face.

Patrick Henry came up from behind. “You wanted to end the Americans’ liberty, so they gave you death!” said Henry, kicking Osama in the coat-tails.

James Madison approached next and said, “This is why I allowed the Federal government to provide for the common defense!” He dropped a large rock on Osama’s foot.

Osama received similar beatings from John Randolph of Roanoke, James Monroe, George Mason, and 65 other individuals who shared the same love for liberty and for America.

As he writhed on the ground, Thomas Jefferson picked him up and hurled him out of the Gates to where he would be judged.

Awaiting the journey to his final, very hot, destination, Osama screamed, “This is not what I was promised!”

A puzzled St. Peter replied: “I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you when you died. What did you think I said?”


12 posted on 01/31/2008 12:34:40 PM PST by Arm_Bears (Native Virginian!)
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To: jdm

Neeeeext...

Does this mean an opening for a promotion is in place???

#4, are you ready to rumble???

BTW, whats the American Talibans’ ranking??? Gahdan is his name if I recall correctly???

I think he should get the promotion...


13 posted on 01/31/2008 12:36:32 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: jdm

Good, now let’s get #1 and #2 (Osama and Z-Man)


14 posted on 01/31/2008 12:52:00 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: voletti; GOPJ; Tigen; AliVeritas; Grimmy; gonzo; DeaconBenjamin; indcons; sukhoi-30mki; ...
Pakistan ۋﮧ۱م

FReepmail if you want on or off
15 posted on 01/31/2008 12:52:46 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: jdm

Being the number 3 guy in Al Qaeda is the most dangerous job in the world.


16 posted on 01/31/2008 12:54:11 PM PST by Redcloak ("A plague o' both your houses!")
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To: jdm

Hopefully, he exploded into a thousand pieces. It would have been allah’s will.


17 posted on 01/31/2008 12:56:23 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (If McCain wins, we lose)
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To: jdm

When offered a safe house, say thank you and hide in the basement or behind the rocks in the yard but don’t stay in the guestroom.


18 posted on 01/31/2008 12:58:25 PM PST by RightWhale (oil--the world currency)
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To: G8 Diplomat
Good, now let’s get #1 and #2

I think they turned #3 into a steaming pile of #2 before taking a #1 on the steaming pile of #2.
19 posted on 01/31/2008 12:59:27 PM PST by itsamelman (Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh. - - Al Swearengen)
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To: jdm; jeffers

I would say its the work of the REAPER/


20 posted on 01/31/2008 1:01:47 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: BurbankKarl

http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/070313-F-0782R-103.jpg


21 posted on 01/31/2008 1:05:39 PM PST by BurbankKarl
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To: itsamelman

LOL!


22 posted on 01/31/2008 1:21:23 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: jdm

Ahhh, it reminds me of a song:

I...

fall...

to pieeeces...


23 posted on 01/31/2008 1:28:19 PM PST by HKMk23 (AUT VINCERI AUT MORI)
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To: jdm

Need proof of death.

He’s died before... if you know what I mean.


24 posted on 01/31/2008 1:33:22 PM PST by AliVeritas (The Christian satan warned you about.)
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To: jveritas

What’s the buzz bro?


25 posted on 01/31/2008 1:35:08 PM PST by AliVeritas (The Christian satan warned you about.)
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To: MinuteGal

Hey you! How are ya?

http://counterterrorismblog.org/2008/01/abu_laith_allibi_top_al_qaeda.php

CTS = consider the source (as always)


26 posted on 01/31/2008 1:38:03 PM PST by AliVeritas (The Christian satan warned you about.)
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To: AliVeritas
The terrorist forums are going crazy with the death of this very important leader. Just last week he released a big “macho” speech and now he is dead :)
27 posted on 01/31/2008 1:39:28 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: jveritas

“Just last week he released a big “macho” speech and now he is dead”

What a coinky-dink


28 posted on 01/31/2008 1:40:48 PM PST by ko_kyi
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To: ko_kyi; AliVeritas; All
It says the following: " The Fajr Medai Center Communique: About the death of leader Al Moujahed Al Sheikh Abou Laith Al Libi, allah accepts him"

It is a great day for America and the world with the death of this evil terrorist :)

God bless our brave troops and President Bush.

29 posted on 01/31/2008 1:45:18 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: jveritas

just a minor addition it says “allah accepts him among the martyrs”


30 posted on 01/31/2008 1:49:51 PM PST by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush)
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To: AliVeritas
I are fine, thanks, Ali. Still madly in love with FR and freepers!

Thanks for the link. These are the times that try men's souls, but I always keep smiling.

Leni

31 posted on 01/31/2008 2:04:56 PM PST by MinuteGal (Mitt's My Guy!)
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To: cmsgop

:-)


32 posted on 01/31/2008 5:23:00 PM PST by Dog
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To: cmsgop

I know my terror stuff.


33 posted on 01/31/2008 6:20:52 PM PST by Dog
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To: jveritas
just a minor addition it says “allah accepts him among the martyrs”

It's blasphemy to pretend to utter Allah's thoughts outside of the Koran.

34 posted on 01/31/2008 6:23:41 PM PST 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: Southack

We should sue Al Qaeda..


35 posted on 01/31/2008 6:43:03 PM PST by Dog
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To: Dog

It’s also forbidden to decorate with pictures of people...but look at their websites.


36 posted on 01/31/2008 6:45:18 PM PST 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: jdm

He blowed up real good?


37 posted on 01/31/2008 6:47:45 PM PST by stboz
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