Obama still kicking Al Qaeda ass

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by AK Forty Seven, Aug 27, 2011.

  1. http://news.yahoo.com/us-official-al-qaidas-no-2-killed-pakistan-171822400.html

    US official: Al-Qaida's No. 2 killed in Pakistan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Al-Qaida's second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of defeat, U.S. officials said Saturday.

    The Libyan national had been the network's operational leader before rising to al-Qaida's No. 2 spot after the U.S. killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during a raid on his Pakistan compound in May.

    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said last month that al-Qaida's defeat was within reach if the U.S. could mount a string of successful attacks on the group's weakened leadership.

    "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."

    Since bin Laden's death, al-Qaida's structure has been unsettled and U.S. officials have hoped to capitalize on that. The more uncertain the leadership, the harder it is for al-Qaida to operate covertly and plan attacks.

    Bin Laden's longtime deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is running the group but is considered a divisive figure who lacks the founder's charisma and ability to galvanize al-Qaida's disparate franchises.

    A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to summarize the government's intelligence on al-Rahman, said al-Rahman's death will make it harder for Zawahiri to oversee what is considered an increasingly weakened organization.

    "Zawahiri needed Atiyah's experience and connections to help manage al-Qaida," the official said.

    Al-Rahman was killed Aug. 22 in the lawless Pakistani tribal region of Waziristan, according to a senior administration who also 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.

    Rahman has been thought to be dead before. Last year, there were reports that Rahman was killed in a drone strike but neither senior U.S. administration officials nor al-Qaida ever confirmed them.

    Al-Rahman, believed to be in his mid-30s, was a close confidant of bin Laden and once served as bin Laden's emissary to Iran.

    Al-Rahman was allowed to move freely in and out of Iran as part of that arrangement and has been operating out of Waziristan for some time, officials have said.

    Born in Libya, al-Rahman joined bin Laden as a teenager in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet Union.

    After Navy SEALs killed bin Laden, they found evidence of al-Rahman's role as operational chief, U.S. officials have said.
  2. Lucrum


    Obama apologist extraordinaire.
  3. Obama reminds me of the rabbit hunter who got tired and sat on a stump for a rest. Dam rabbit ran right into the stump, died instantly.

    So how'd Obama kick al Qaueda's ass all the way from Martha's Vineyard? For some reason I just can't picture Obama and strategy in the same room.
  4. Bush couldn't figure it out either thats why all those Al Qaueda leaders lived in peace when he was President
  5. maybe this is true info...maybe he just wants to be a president next term :p
    Anyway peacemaker obama way too agressive :D

  6. Reminds me of the day after 911.....the first planes to leave the US were filled with Saudi's .
    With Bush's blessings.