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  • Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts

    12/03/2005 10:08:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 759+ views
    Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent 7 minutes ago He's a mystery in a red beard, with a strange alias and a degree in chemical engineering. In the hands of this alleged al-Qaida operative, it's a specialty that summons visions of poison gas and mass terror. Al-Qaida is "wedded to the spectacular," notes U.S. counterterrorism analyst Donald Van Duyn, and elusive Egyptian chemist Midhat Mursi was said to be exploring such possibilities when last seen, brewing up deadly compounds and gassing dogs in Afghanistan. Van Duyn's FBI and other U.S. agencies are interested enough...
  • Pakistan protests suspected US missile strike (army lodges protest to "allied forces" in Afghan.)

    05/16/2008 11:14:18 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 123+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/16/08 | Zarar Khan - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's army lodged a formal protest Friday to "allied forces" in neighboring Afghanistan over a suspected U.S. missile strike this week that killed 14 people in a Pakistani border village. Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said Pakistan concluded that Wednesday's attack on a house in Damadola village was launched by drones from Afghanistan. Abbas said a formal protest was lodged Friday with "allied forces" in Afghanistan, an apparent reference to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force that is fighting the Taliban-led insurgency there. The U.S. is among the nations contributing to ISAF. Abbas said 14 people...
  • London Airline Plot - ‘Son-in-law of Zawahiri was mastermind’

    08/19/2006 1:29:22 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 971+ views
    DAWN.com (Pakistan) ^ | August 19, 2006 | Ismail Khan
    PESHAWAR, Aug 18: A son-in-law of Al Qaeda No 2 Dr Ayman Al-Zawahiri is believed to be the mastermind of the plot to blow up transatlantic flights and he met one or some of the plotters at a place close to the Pakistan-Afghan border, credible sources told Dawn. “The mastermind in the planes bombing plot is Zawahiri’s son-in-law,” said the sources who did not want to be named. “He is the guy being looked for,” they added. Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenant is known to have several sons-in-law. One of them was reported to have been killed in a...
  • U.S. airstrike just missed al-Qaida's No. 2 leader

    11/10/2006 5:47:31 AM PST · by Perdogg · 15 replies · 955+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Nov. 10, 2006, 12:08AM
    PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN — A strike by a U.S. Predator drone in Pakistan's tribal areas in January missed al-Qaida's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, by just two hours, an intelligence official here says, revealing that the hunt for al-Qaida's leaders had come much closer to killing him than was previously thought. Al-Zawahiri left a dinner in the village of Damadola at 10:30 on the night of Jan. 12, with a local supporter, Maulavi Liaqat, an intelligence official with knowledge of the incident said. The house where they had eaten was hit at 12:30 that night. At the time, amid an angry...
  • Developments in Damadola

    01/21/2006 7:37:49 AM PST · by bnelson44 · 2 replies · 680+ views
    Threats Watch ^ | 1/21/06 | Bill Roggio
    Wounded al-Qaeda, hunt for clerics, Pakistan's involvement and al-Qaeda's developing plans The effects of Friday the 13th strike in Damadola, Pakistan, which is believed to have killed up to five senior al-Qaeda commanders, continues to reverberate in Pakistan and beyond. Terrorism and al-Qaeda expert Rohan Gunaratna describes the strike as “a very significant blow to Al Qaeda… These are very experienced leaders and to replace them in the short term will be very difficult,” a point also made at ThreatsWatch several days ago. Pakistan’s involvement in the operation also becomes clearer as time passes. An unnamed villager in Damadola states...
  • Death of Operatives a Blow to al-Qaida

    01/19/2006 1:06:04 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 1,249+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/06 | Hans Gremel - ap
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - One is believed to be a chemical weapons expert, another allegedly plotted assassinations. A third planned attacks targeting U.S. troops, while a son-in-law publicized their exploits in the name of al-Qaida and recruited new militants. Now this top group is believed to have been wiped out by a U.S. missile strike. If true, it's far from a death blow to al-Qaida, but analysts say it could weaken the terror group's operations in Afghanistan, which has seen an alarming rise in suicide attacks. The strike apparently missed al-Qaida's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri. And an audiotape aired Thursday, the first...
  • Reports: Airstrike Killed Top Militant

    01/18/2006 9:04:55 PM PST · by anymouse · 16 replies · 904+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 1/18/06 | RIAZ KHAN
    Pakistani intelligence agents hunted Wednesday for the graves of four al-Qaida militants believed killed in an airstrike near the Afghan border — including at least one suspected high-ranking al-Qaida figure. ABC News and The New York Times reported that Pakistani officials believe a master bomb maker and chemical weapons expert for al-Qaida was killed in the attack on the village of Damadola last week. He was identified as Midhat Mursi, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, who ran an al-Qaida training camp and has a $5 million reward on his head. Also killed, Pakistani officials believe, was Khalid Habib, the...
  • Source: Egyptians killed in (Missile)strike

    01/17/2006 6:01:10 PM PST · by Dog · 120 replies · 3,027+ views
    cnn.com ^ | January 18, 2006
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Some of the foreigners killed in last Friday's U.S. airstrike in the remote Pakistani village of Damadola were of Egyptian origin, according to a knowledgeable source.U.S. officials have said "very solid" intelligence indicated that senior al Qaeda members were expected to attend a dinner celebrating the end of the Muslim holiday of Eid and that Osama Bin Laden's top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, could very well be among them. Although these officials believe a number of "significant" al Qaeda figures were killed in the attack, there is no evidence so far that al-Zawahiri was among them. Pakistani officials...