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Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:07 PM

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen killed in airstrike

Source: Washington Post

SANAA, Yemen — An airstrike killed al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in one car on Monday, U.S. and Yemeni officials said, a major breakthrough for U.S.-backed efforts to cripple the group in the impoverished Arab nation.

Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was killed by a missile after leaving a house in the southern province of Hadramawt, according to Yemeni military officials. They said the missile was believed to have been fired by a U.S.-operated, unmanned drone aircraft.

Two senior U.S. officials confirmed al-Shihri’s death but could not confirm any U.S. involvement in the airstrike. The U.S. doesn’t usually comment on such attacks although it has used drones in the past to go after al-Qaida members in Yemen, which is considered a crucial battleground with the terror network.

Yemeni military officials said that a local forensics team had identified al-Shihri’s body with the help of U.S. forensics experts on the ground. The U.S. and Yemeni military officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to release the information to the media.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/yemen-president-says-tribal-chiefs-senior-officials-are-helping-hiding-al-qaida-fighters/2012/09/10/1d6b0844-fb38-11e1-98c6-ec0a0a93f8eb_print.html



Just wanted to post some good news among all the crapfest from Libya.

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pettypace Sep 2012 OP
flamingdem Sep 2012 #1
Tx4obama Sep 2012 #3
The Velveteen Ocelot Sep 2012 #2
docgee Sep 2012 #6
go west young man Sep 2012 #4
TransitJohn Sep 2012 #5
LiberalEsto Sep 2012 #7

Response to pettypace (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:12 PM

1. There's definitely one job you don't want

and that's al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader

They always get whacked, and in short order!

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:24 PM

3. Haven't there been like at least TWENTY No. 2 guys killed so far? n/t

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Response to pettypace (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:18 PM

2. Al Qaeda #2 is not a job you want.

It's sort of like being a drummer for Spinal Tap.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 09:21 AM

6. LOL! I was thinking the Grateful Dead keyboardist... nt

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Response to pettypace (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:30 PM

4. After the first 49 number 2 leaders were supposedly killed the world kinda lost interest.

Someone forgot to tell the MSM that no one gives a shit anymore.

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Response to pettypace (Original post)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 11:36 PM

5. Drummer

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Response to pettypace (Original post)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 09:25 AM

7. As always, Number 2 is

Number 2

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