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Highest Ranking Taliban Leader Killed in US Airstrike

Although new leaders seem to pop out of nowhere, another dead Taliban leader is, none the less, a good thing.

A U.S. airstrike near the Pakistan border killed the Taliban's southern military commander, a U.S. military spokesman said Saturday, calling him the highest-ranking Taliban ever slain by American forces.


Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani's vehicle was hit by a U.S. airstrike Tuesday as he traveled in a deserted area in the southern province of Helmand, the spokesman said. Two associates also were killed.

U.S. and Afghan officials said the strike was a major victory. Ahmed Rashid, a leading author on Islamic militancy, said Osmani's death could disrupt planning for a Taliban offensive early next year, designed to extend the recent surge of violence across Afghanistan.

Osmani played an instrumental role in some of the Taliban's most notorious excesses _ including the demolition of the ancient Buddha statues in Bamiyan and the trial of Christian aid workers in 2001, Rashid said.

He was also one of three top associates of Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Rashid said, and among the first supporters of Osama bin Laden within the militant Islamic militia's top ranks.

A Taliban spokesman denied that Osmani was dead. But a provincial police chief and Afghanistan's Interior Ministry confirmed the killing. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary called it "a big achievement."

A U.S. spokesman said the death was confirmed through multiple sources.


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Comments (35)

Curious which troll will so... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Curious which troll will soon post a complaint that this POS didn't first have his rights read to him, wasn't provided with a taxpayer-funded attorney, and was executed prior to being judged by a jury of his peers (i.e. 12 other pieces of dung).

Hugh? Brian? jp2?

Well, we keep laying whack-... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Well, we keep laying whack-a-mole and sooner or later they're going to realize that hitting the top of the Taliban food chain ain't a smart career move.

"playing", not "laying". O... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

"playing", not "laying". Of course, we ARE rather laying them out...

Meanwhile in the real world... (Below threshold)
andrew:

Meanwhile in the real world, the post 9/11 draining of the swamp continues.

But that's an AP report! Ho... (Below threshold)
cat:

But that's an AP report! How do we know this U.S. military spokesman is really who he says he is?

Do they know if this guy wa... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Do they know if this guy was guilty of anything, or is it another diversion?

He was guilty of being a Ta... (Below threshold)
sam:

He was guilty of being a Taliban leader.

Jimmy Carter has announced ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Jimmy Carter has announced he will fly to Afghanistan to attend the funeral.

Carter said he still intends to nominate Osmani for a Nobel Peace Prize.

How many times does it take... (Below threshold)
stan25:

How many times does it take a terrorist realize that moving into a top leadership position is not a very wise career and a long life move? First it was Saddam Hussien, then the Zarkman and now this guy. It will be a matter of time before ole Usama and Omar get a couple of eggs dropped on their heads and the usual suspects will pop out of the woodwork and will whine and nash their teeth together and say they did not get a fair American taxpayer funded trial.

A diversion? What the ...?... (Below threshold)

A diversion? What the ...? For Pete's sake, Lee, they've been looking for this guy ever since the Taliban was disbanded in Afghanistan. He was a top leader before the invasion.

Hooray, this is the 4,432nd... (Below threshold)
Punky:

Hooray, this is the 4,432nd time we've killed a 'high ranking AlQaeda' person! Victory is ours! Troops can come home now, mission accomplished!

Now, anyone find those WMD's yet, other than Rick Santorum? Didn't work out too well for him, did it?

Curious which troll will... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Curious which troll will soon post a complaint that this POS didn't first have his rights read to him.... Brian?

Not me. I'm happy when we kill an actual member of a terrorist organization. It happens so rarely these days, though. Probably because we're not really going after them. I wish we would get out of Iraq and actually go after the terrorists. Don't you?

Do they know if th... (Below threshold)
Do they know if this guy was guilty of anything, or is it another diversion? Posted by: Lee at December 23, 2006 04:31 P

Ring a ding-ding...oh wait, is this the Lee spook or the troll Lee...it's so hard to figure which nutjob is which.

Brian: You know that Talib... (Below threshold)
sam:

Brian: You know that Taliban is not a terrorist organization, don't you? Did you know that Zarqawi, who was killed in Iraq, was the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, a terrorist organization?

Just trying to set your facts straight, dimwit.

First of all cat, Brian, et... (Below threshold)
epador:

First of all cat, Brian, et al remember that according to unnamed Pentagon sources, U.S. Spokesman is not an employee of the DoD or officer in any military branch. You have seen the maps of all the supposed incidents that U.S. had reported to the media, and there is no way U.S. could have been all those places and still held down a day job somewhere. So U.S. Spokesman is just another non-existent AP source they use to make up the news. We all know there is no Taliban or Al Qeda, those are just made-up entities used to promulgate imperial policy from the Trilateral Commission. So no one was killed, just another empty car (like the ambulance in Lebanon) that was vandalized. Go back to you Hoohkah. Nothing to see here.

Santa made a special early ... (Below threshold)
George:

Santa made a special early delivery to Osmani.

We need to be gentle with o... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

We need to be gentle with our Leftists...they lost another hero. Not quite of Che stature...but a hero nonetheless.

Sorry, Boyos.

Brian: You know that Tal... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian: You know that Taliban is not a terrorist organization, don't you?

Wow, really? You mean they didn't support and protect Bin Laden and Al Qaeda? You mean there was no reason to topple them after 9/11? You mean John Walker Lindh, fighting for the Taliban, an "enemy combatant", was not really the enemy? Wow, I never thought I'd see someone on the right actually defend the Taliban.

Did you know that Zarqawi, who was killed in Iraq, was the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, a terrorist organization?

Yep. I said it was rare, not unheard of. Because as everyone now knows, Al-Qaeda represents less than five percent of the fighters in Iraq. By the way, did you know that there was no "Al-Qaeda in Iraq, a terrorist organization" prior to when the US invaded?

Also, did you know that Osama bin Laden, who is currently alive and not in Iraq, is the leader of Al-Qaeda, a terrorist organization?

Just trying to get my facts straight.

Hey moron, I said Taliban w... (Below threshold)
sam:

Hey moron, I said Taliban was not a terrorist organization. I did not say they were not an enemy. Do you have difficulty with comprehending English and following logic, dimwit?

Taliban was removed because they were harboring and supporting a terrorist organization, the Al-Qaeda, you idiot. Go and read the Congressional authorization regarding Afghanistan, if you can read English.

Secondly, where do you come up with the delusion there were no terrorists in Iraq before 2002? Just pulled it out of your ass, did't you? The biggest terrorist was Saddam Hussein himself, who gave sanctuary to Al-Qaeda for a long time. You must be really stupid to believe that Al-Qaeda has been operating in over 50 countries, from the US to Indonesia and every country in between, and somehow decide to skip Iraq. How do you go through life being so stupid?

Thirdly, o stupid one, why ... (Below threshold)
sam:

Thirdly, o stupid one, why do keep harping about Bin Laden? He has been dead for three years.

Oh, but he CAN'T be dead, S... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Oh, but he CAN'T be dead, Sam - we keep getting the occasional crappy audio tape from him. Never mind that anyone with a computer (even with Windows, much less Linux) could cut and splice 'messages' from OBL with ease and the raw stock of a few dozen hours of his old speechs and diatribes while his moldy bones are spurned as worm food in Tora Bora... he MUST be alive.

However - it's really kind of odd that he hasn't been seen on VIDEO since Tora Bora... except, I think, once - with a video that couldn't be dated. You'd really think that Al-Q, in order to excite the followers, would figure out a way to do an "Osama Gone Wild" DVD for the masses of true believers out there... How hard would it be? How expensive are video cams? Hell, the first Kodak digital camera I got three years ago could record thirty seconds of him ranting - and that'd go REAL far towards proving he was alive.

Unless he IS indeed worm food... as is looking pretty likely these days.

Do you have difficulty w... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Do you have difficulty with comprehending English and following logic, dimwit?

Apparently I do have difficulty following your incomprehensible logic. You attack me for stating that the Taliban is a terrorist organization, insisting instead that they only support terrorists. OOOOOOOOOK. Nice to see the right cares about protecting the good name of the Taliban.

Secondly, where do you come up with the delusion there were no terrorists in Iraq before 2002? Just pulled it out of your ass, did't you?

Uh, no, actually I believe it was a CIA and Pentagon report that stated that AQ was not operational in Iraq pre-invasion.

Thirdly, o stupid one, why do keep harping about Bin Laden? He has been dead for three years.

No comment.

For someone who tosses the "stupid" accusations around so much, you sure are a moron.

epador - I was joking. But ... (Below threshold)
cat:

epador - I was joking. But since you mention the Lebanon ambulance, and I since I know everyone here is devoted to seeking out the truth whether or not the evidence supports their beliefs, you might cast your eyes over this:

http://hrw.org/backgrounder/mena/qana1206/

Now you get it, Brian...</p... (Below threshold)
Bo:

Now you get it, Brian...

The President (and the congress, with their authorizations of military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq) made it clear from the beginning that our enemies in this conflict included terrorist organizations (Al Qaeda), and the regimes that supported and harbored them (the Taliban, Hussein's Iraq).

But you still don't understand why we went into Iraq, right?

So your analysis goes something like this: Toppling terrorist-friendly regime in Afghanistan = good; toppling terrorist-friendly regime in Iraq = bad

I wouldn't throw around "incomprehensible logic" accusations if I were you...

Oh, but he CAN'T be dead... (Below threshold)

Oh, but he CAN'T be dead, Sam - we keep getting the occasional crappy audio tape from him. Never mind that anyone with a computer (even with Windows, much less Linux) could cut and splice 'messages' from OBL with ease and the raw stock of a few dozen hours of his old speechs and diatribes while his moldy bones are spurned as worm food in Tora Bora... he MUST be alive.

Look at TuPac, the hardest working dead man in the industry. Hasn't he released more albums since he died than before? It at least seems that way.

But cat, I am deadly seriou... (Below threshold)
epador:

But cat, I am deadly serious. I know you were joking. AND that LEE'S a joke.

As long as you are linking to satirical articles on the hrw site, how about this one, that Saddam had an unfair trial:

http://hrw.org/english/docs/2006/11/20/iraq14589.htm

It was worth the read, as I needed a few chuckles before starting the day.

Hey Brian nitwit, care to c... (Below threshold)
sam:

Hey Brian nitwit, care to cite "a CIA and Pentagon" report? First of all, there cannot be "a" CIA and Pentagon report, moron, there would have to be two. CIA and Pentagon don't produce joint reports, pea-brain.

Second, there is no such "a CIA and Pentagon" report. Take some English lessons and read Congressional reports from 1998, and figure out what your buddy Clinton, Gore, Kerry, Albright, Rockefeller et al were saying. Or, better still, don't read anything, it might just confuse your one brain cell.

Now that's not the answer I... (Below threshold)
cat:

Now that's not the answer I expected, epador. On HRW's assessment of the Dujail trial, surely it's not hard to understand that a conviction based on an unfair trial is a bad sign. Most people everywhere want Saddam to be convicted and punished for his crimes and there's enough evidence to do that. But if such a high profile trial as this one cannot follow basic procedure, what hope is there for ordinary people to get a fair trial? Amnesty International expressed exactly the same kind of concern after the trial in China of Mao Zedong's wife Jiang Qing - not because Amnesty supported the Gang of Four, but because of what the trial said about China's legal system.

Brian"I believe... (Below threshold)
John kerry:

Brian

"I believe it was a CIA Pentagon statement that said Al Quaeda was not operational in pre-Iraq invasion."

Your right, They had to wait for their command from Saddam to carry out the 911 attack's..

But you still don't unde... (Below threshold)
Brian:

But you still don't understand why we went into Iraq, right?

So your analysis goes something like this: Toppling terrorist-friendly regime in Afghanistan = good; toppling terrorist-friendly regime in Iraq = bad

"One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror." --Bush

I wouldn't throw around "incomprehensible logic" accusations if I were you...

Of course not. You have Bush to do demonstrate them for you.

Hey Brian nitwit, care t... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Hey Brian nitwit, care to cite "a CIA and Pentagon" report? First of all, there cannot be "a" CIA and Pentagon report, moron, there would have to be two. CIA and Pentagon don't produce joint reports, pea-brain.

Boy, you sure got into a tizzy because I used the word "and" instead of "or". If your sole basis for a response is grammatical slip-ups, you're in a pretty weak position.

Second, there is no such "a CIA and Pentagon" report.

You're right. It was the 9/11 Commission. If my "one brain cell" could find that, I cannot fathom what mental mechanism you have working for you. But keep defending the Taliban. That's working so well for you.

Hey Brian, moron: ... (Below threshold)
sam:

Hey Brian, moron:

When you get caught in a lie, you change your tune, don't you? First it was "a CIA and Pentagon report", now it has become 9/11 commission? What did 9/11 commission have to do with Iraq? They were not even asked to figure out anything about Iraq, idiot. Maybe your one brain cell can't comprehend that.

Second, show me a statement I made where I defended the Taliban. I said Taliban was not a terrorist organization, it is nonetheless an enemy of the US. I asked you to go and read the Congressional authorization for the Afghanistan war, but I know that is beyond your limited capabilities. If you have the mental capabilty and your mind is not addled by the bong-hit, check the State Department to understand which organization is a terrorist organization, which regime is a supporter of terrorism, and the difference between the two. Let me tell you that there is a difference, because the approach to dealing with the two are different. Hopefully this penetrates through the smoke in your brain cell.

So cat, when does HRW start... (Below threshold)
epador:

So cat, when does HRW start on Nifong? I didn't get any hits searching their site.

Well that has made my Chris... (Below threshold)

Well that has made my Christmas

Alan
Crusade Media News
www.crusade-media.com

What did 9/11 commission... (Below threshold)
Brian:

What did 9/11 commission have to do with Iraq? They were not even asked to figure out anything about Iraq, idiot.

Well, I originally thought that you were somewhat aware of current events, if somewhat unhinged. But now I see that you haven't even the most basic knowledge of what's going on, and all you're trying to do is be disagreeable. So be it. Therefore, any further discussion is pointless. I suggest you go find a blog on quilting or basket-weaving, since you obviously don't have any kind of understanding of world events. When you defend the Taliban and claim the 9/11 Commission contained no information on Iraq, you demonstrate such a lack of a grasp of events around you as to make a discussion of such things pointless. Merry Christmas. Or Happy Holidays. Or whatever it is that won't offend you.




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