January 19, 2006
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
Last Sunday, much of the press was abuzz with reports that the United States had "botched" an attempt to kill some of al-Qaeda's leading vermin while they were having dinner. The pro-terrorist London Guardian breathlessly reported that a U.S. "missile attack on a mountain village killed women and children. The attack was precise, the intelligence was flawed."
Gasp! How dramatic.
The drama queen Guardian reporter continues:
... though the technology that guided the missiles to their targets at 3am on Friday was faultless, the intelligence that had selected those targets was not. Even as American military and intelligence sources spoke of the possible death of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the second-in-command of al-Qaeda and the man considered to be the brains behind the militant group's strategy, Pakistani officials said that there was no evidence any 'foreigners', shorthand locally for al-Qaeda fighters, were among the 18 victims ...
The only thing "botched" here is the Guardian's wishful-thinking disguised as reporting.
Turns out that during dinner on that Friday night in Pakistan, at least three leading al-Qaeda stinkies had a Hellfire missile for dessert. Yummy! Try the Hellfire -- it's to die for!
The AP reports on the indentity of the dead diners:
Pakistani officials say they likely included Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, an al-Qaida explosives expert with a $5 million bounty on his head.
He allegedly tested chemical weapons on dogs and trained hundreds of fighters at a terror camp in Afghanistan before the fall of the Taliban in late 2001. Terrorism experts believe that among his students were the suicide bombers who killed 17 U.S. sailors on the USS Cole in 2000.
Another likely victim is Abdul Rehman al-Maghribi, a Moroccan believed to be al-Zawahri's son-in-law, who acted as a PR man for the terror group, distributing CDs and videos to publicize its exploits and attract new followers.
But the biggest quarry could be Khalid Habib, al-Qaida's operations chief along the Afghan-Pakistan border — from where militants can launch attacks on U.S. forces and Afghan government targets. Pakistani officials also accuse him of planning two assassination attempts on Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.
"You can say he's the No. 3 leader," [terrorism expert Rohan] Gunaratna said. "As the chief operations officer, he decides who gets hit and when."
If no terrorists died as a result of a U.S. airstrike last Friday in Pakistan, as the Guardian smugly claimed, then someone at that dinner table had one hell of a case of gas.
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