Thursday, January 19, 2006

al-Qaeda Dead Named

Among the dead in the Predator attack in Pakistan was the son-in-law of the al-Qaeda second in command, al-Zawahri, Abdul Rehman Al-Misri al Maghribi. Maghribi was responsible for al Qaeda's media department.

As I said earlier - good intelligence - good execution. Good guys 4 - Bad guys nil.

Another was Midhat Mursi al-Sayid 'Umar, an expert in explosives and poisons who carried a $5 million US bounty on his head under the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Rewards for Justice programme.

The FBI says 'Umar ran a training camp at Derunta in Afghanistan and since 1999 had proliferated training manuals containing crude recipes for chemical and biological weapons.

The third man identified was Abu Obaidah al Misri, al Qaeda's chief of operations in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province, where US and Afghan forces regularly come under attack from militant groups.

Pakistani Intelligence is said to be still trying to identify a fourth al Qaeda member believed to have been killed in last Friday's airstrike.

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