Skip to comments.BBC: Missile Got AQ's #3
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)
In several dozen pieces no doubt.
You nailed it!
“...Libi has “fallen as a martyr”...”
Only after the body parts started downwards on their individual trajectories.
Good shootin’ boyz....
OK we now have ID on one of them, wonder who the other 11 were.
If a terrorist falls as a martyr and no one is around to hear him fall, does he still make a sound?
“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.
I hope they caught it on video.
...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?
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?”
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...
Good, now let’s get #1 and #2 (Osama and Z-Man)
Being the number 3 guy in Al Qaeda is the most dangerous job in the world.
Hopefully, he exploded into a thousand pieces. It would have been allah’s will.
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.
I would say its the work of the REAPER/
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