Saturday, August 27, 2011

Al Qaeda #2 Killed in Pakistan

Al Qaeda's new number two, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was killed in Pakistan this year. According to the Defense Department, al-Rahman was killed in a raid this month that is now becoming public. This comes as former number two, Ayman al-Zawahiri, was "promoted" by the al Qaeda Shura council after the death of Osama bin Laden.
"Now is the moment, following what happened with bin Laden, to put maximum pressure on them," Panetta said, "because I do believe that if we continue this effort we can really cripple al-Qaida as a major threat."

Al-Rahman was killed Aug. 22 in the lawless Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, according to the official said, who insisted on anonymity to discuss intelligence issues.

The official would not say how al-Rahman was killed. But his death came on the same day that a CIA drone strike was reported in Waziristan. Such strikes by unmanned aircraft are Washington's weapon of choice for killing terrorists in the mountainous, hard-to-reach area along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
So long, douchebag!

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