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Upon Further Review...

The story last week about the missile attack on a village in Pakistan targeting Osama bin Laden's top aide, Ayman al-Zawahri, has taken another turn. Upon further review it turns out that several high value targets are believed to have been killed in the attack.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - Pakistani intelligence agents hunted Wednesday for the graves of four al-Qaida militants believed killed in an airstrike near the Afghan border - including at least one suspected high-ranking al-Qaida figure.

ABC News and The New York Times reported that Pakistani officials believe a master bomb maker and chemical weapons expert for al-Qaida was killed in the attack on the village of Damadola last week. He was identified as Midhat Mursi, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, who ran an al-Qaida training camp and has a $5 million reward on his head.

Also killed, Pakistani officials believe, was Khalid Habib, the al-Qaida operations chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, ABC said. The Times, however, said officials were uncertain about whether he was killed.

The Times also reported that Pakistani officials believe Moroccan Abd al-Rahman al-Maghrebi, the son-in-law of al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri, and the man who ran the group's propaganda in the region, was killed in the strike. ABC described al-Maghrebi as a senior operations commander.

Local pro-Taliban clerics and sympathizers are suspected in the disappearance of the bodies of Habib, Mursi, and other foreign militants believed to have been killed in the strike.


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Comments (4)

Hmmmm... which means you ma... (Below threshold)
ken:

Hmmmm... which means you may want to evaluate your dinner guests before they arrive.

Deprive them money and safe havens. The only way to win.

I hope we continue to screw... (Below threshold)
mark m:

I hope we continue to screw up like this on a regular basis. Excellent!!!

Having seen the pictures, b... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Having seen the pictures, before I suspected the clerics and sympathizers in the disappearance of the bodies, I would suspect the massive amount of ordnance that was dropped on their heads.

Tonight's Al Qaeda Dinner M... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Tonight's Al Qaeda Dinner Menu:

Salad
Coucous
Rack of Lamb
Wine

Dessert:
One to three Hellfire missles from a Predator drone.

Lesson: Choose your dinner guests wisely.




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