Al Qaeda Number 2 rendezvous with 72 virgins arranged

Presumably via a drone attack:

U.S. and Pakistani officials said Saturday that 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.

Since Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden’s compound and killed him in May, the Obama administration has been unusually frank in its assessment that al-Qaida is on the ropes, its leadership in disarray. 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.

“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.”

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.

A Pakistani intelligence official said al-Rahman died in a U.S. missile strike in Machi Khel village in North Waziristan on Aug. 22.

Justice served cold.

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  • Anonymous

    Viva viagra!

  • Anonymous

    Odd.  Wasn’t there a time when liberals were calling al-Qaida members “freedom fighters”.On another note, doesn’t appear that AQ has a very viable retirement program for it’s top execs.

  • Anonymous

    Odd.  Wasn’t there a time when liberals were calling al-Qaida members “freedom fighters”.On another note, doesn’t appear that AQ has a very viable retirement program for it’s top execs.

    • https://plus.google.com/114041580398058374552/posts McGehee

      It’s more viable than ours — theirs never has to pay out.

  • Anonymous

    Years ago, I said that “#2 man in Al Qaeda” was much like “Drummer for Spinal Tap.”

    Nice to see the tradition’s being upheld…

    J.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

      You’d think that after a while, one of the new #2 or #3 guys would say, “Yo, Boss, salami salami, yadda yadda, I’m psyched about the promotion and can’t wait to bring the infidel to their knees, and Allah knows the extra goat’s milk ration will come in handy next Ramadan, but I’m a modest guy – do you think we could just keep this promotion in-house for a bit?  You know, skip the whole write-up in Jihadi Today and no human interest profiles on Al Jazzera, mmmkay?”

      Those death cult up-and-comers must soil their loincloths – or whatever form of sharia-compliant Depends are in vogue with the barbarian set these days – every time a bee buzzes within earshot.

  • Anonymous

    It’s 72 Virginians, starting with George Washington.  

  • Anonymous

    What did 71 virgins ever do to deserve this?

  • Anonymous

    What does the religion of peace do with all of the ex virgins? And what do you have to do, once you run out of virgins, but still have 20 gazillion years to ponder in paradise?  

    Guess they’ll  have to settle for Joy Behars forever and a day.

    • Anonymous

      …. Guess they’ll  have to settle for Joy Behars forever and a day …. 

      Surely all the Joy Behars are virgins?  

      And even some of the sisters and goats the Muhummud’s mattress-munching, pillow-biting, turd-bugling little boy buggerers bother?

  • Anonymous

    Aloha Akbar, pieces be unto him.

  • Anonymous

    Great, can the troops come home now?

    • Anonymous

      From where? Germany, South Korea?  Stop being so racist!

  • retired.military

    This post is obviously racist since the number 2 of AQ was not caucasion and there is rejoincing at his death.

    • Anonymous

      Yes but a black president gave the ok to take him out so… oh never mind.

  • Anonymous

    They’ll eventually have to go to the draft for that position.  

    • Anonymous

      Hope n Spare change is a winner every time it’s tried.

  • Anonymous

    They’ll eventually have to go to the draft for that position.  

  • Anonymous

    In theory, if compliance to Islum or whatever gets you 72 virgins, then if you have 100% successful candidates thats 72 for every one man?

    Why don’t the virgins form a union or just go ape-shit on the baboons?

  • herddog505

    The fact that reaching the top ranks of AQ has become a virtual death sentence is an indication that our intelligence community is doing a good job.  Congrats to them, and here’s hoping for many more such successes.  We may hope that AQ ceases to exist as an organization, or is at least reduced to a “leadership team” that has trouble trying to plan how to tie their own shoes.

    I also have to give credit to Bad Luck Barry: apparently, though he never has and never will admit it, he must have figured out that Bush’s policy of “air raiding villages and killing civilians” was actually a pretty damned good one because he’s kept it up.  Had he followed through with his campaign promises to treat AQ terrorists as crooks to be arrested and tried in a US court rather than enemy combatants to be killed whenever and wherever they are found, this goon and the rest of AQ’s leadership would be plotting mass murder in relative peace rather than constantly looking over their shoulders and preparing for imminent and involuntary martyrdom.

    • https://plus.google.com/114041580398058374552/posts McGehee

      apparently, though he never has and never will admit it, he must have
      figured out that Bush’s policy of “air raiding villages and killing
      civilians” was actually a pretty damned good one because he’s kept it
      up.

      Oh, but everything is different now. When Teleprompter Jesus does it, it’s automatically right — even if it’s a crime against humanity when anyone else does it.

  • Bob Armstrong

    Remember when the right wing cared about getting AQ?

    Back in the days when they were slathering over every school that was built in Iraq? Every public works project — hell, every damn street light in Iraq was a cause for celebration and rejoicing! Almighty Bush is freeing the heathens!

    In actuality, they never gave a damn about getting Al Qaeda and about the Iraqi people. It was just more right wing bullshit.

    And now we see victories that true Americans rejoice over, the capture and death of AQ leaders… and the right wing yawns.

    Hmmm, what’s different? White man Bush was in office and wingnuts celebrated victories over AQ — now, with Obama in office, they show indifference.

    What’s different?

    Besides Obama’s skin color…