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Al-Qaida confirms explosives expert dead

August 4, 2008

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— Al-Qaida confirmed in a Web statement Sunday the death of a senior commander known as a top explosives and poisons expert, who is believed to have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Pakistan last week.

The statement said Abu Khabab al-Masri and three other commanders were killed. It did not give details on when or how they were killed, but Pakistani authorities have said they believe al-Masri died in an American airstrike last Monday on a compound near the Afghan border.

Al-Masri, an Egyptian militant whose real name is Midhat Mursi, had a $5 million bounty on his head from the United States. He is accused of training terrorists to use poisons and explosives, and is believed to have trained suicide bombers who killed 17 American sailors on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000.

He is also believed to have helped run al-Qaida's Darunta training camp in eastern Afghanistan, until the camp was abandoned amid the 2001 U.S. invasion of the country. There he is thought to have conducted experiments in chemical and biological weapons, testing materials on dogs.

The al-Qaida statement warned of vengeance for their deaths. "We tell the enemies of God that God has saved those who will be even more painful for you," it said. "As Abu Khabab has gone, he left behind, with God's grace, a generation of faithful students who will make you suffer the worst torture and avenge him and his brothers."

The other three slain leaders were identified as Abu Mohammed Ibrahim bin Abi Farag al-Masri, Abdul-Wahab al-Masri and Abu Islam al-Masri. Little is known about them.

CBS News reported Friday that al-Qaida's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri, was killed or critically injured in the strike. CBS said it had obtained a copy of an intercepted letter dated July 29 from unnamed sources in Pakistan in which a Taliban leader urgently requested a doctor to treat Osama bin Laden's top lieutenant.

A Taliban spokesman, Maulvi Umar, denied the report. Pakistan army and intelligence officials said they had no information that al-Zawahri was hit.

Comments

beatrice 6 years, 3 months ago

Fantastic news, despite the repugnant and Anti-American remarks by some. This is one all Americans should agree is a good report.And for anyone badmouthing Obama, remember, when he is President he will continue to pursue al-qaeada into the hills along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is where the people who attacked us are holed up, and this is where the fighting needs to take place.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

As did the unsolicited e-mail you sent me this morning. Your mother should wash your mouth out with soap.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

If it's indeed true, then it's more outstanding news concerning our efforts against this insidious organization. Keep these stories coming.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, it looks like as soon as you thought you had encountered the type of circle you describe, you decided to start one of your own - I assume out of disappointment that more of the worst of the bad guys have been taken out during the the term of our current president. Bozo can't be far behind, so hopefully you can make it a foursome.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

DP, thank you. I will now picture you as the character in "Animal House" known as Greg Marmalard.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

DP, you can't even spell "barrypenders" correctly. Moreover, you didn't even catch his drift - he wasn't referring to any of you pathetic leftists over here - he was referring to al-Masri himself, which was completely lost on you. And, I reiterate that his comment was one of the most appropriate I've seen recently. Right on, BP.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

Satirical - well, "soap" does rhyme with "dope," so some further clarification might be helpful before he rushes to roll his next joint in anticipation of his mother washing his mouth out with soap.

dandelion 6 years, 3 months ago

It's about time Bush went after al qaida, instead of all those NY bombers in Iraq. Oh yeah, those guys weren't from Iraq. I guess he decided to finally do something about the guys who killed all those people in New York. Better late than never, I guess.

jayhawkbarrister 6 years, 3 months ago

How many times are we gonna take credit for killing this guy?Reuters - 1/6/2006 - Abu Khabab al-Masri Killed in Pakistan Strike

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

DP, I have never e-mailed you, ever, and never would. Cut the crap.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, of the many illlogical posts you have offered, your most recent attempt at rejoinder is one of the most representative of that ilk, not to say exceedingly cryptic to boot. I have never suggested that any terrorists' claims have "validity" of any sort, a curious statement on your part. I have, however, suggested that world-wide terrorists would clearly prefer to deal with Senator Obama, since he has already stated that he would impose no preconditions on negotiating with the enemies of this country. The only "validity" to speak of in this context is the obvious question of the validity of the Senator's qualifications to serve as President of the United States.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, you also have it backwards. The issue isn't you and yours being in cahoots with terrorists. It's the fact that the terrorists, with Ahmadinejad at the forefront, would much prefer Senator Obama as president, because they know that they would be able to walk all over him.

dandelion 6 years, 3 months ago

screedposter (Anonymous) says:"And for anyone badmouthing Obama, remember, when he is President he will continue to pursue al-qaeada into the hills along the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is where the people who attacked us are holed up, and this is where the fighting needs to take place."What do you think our forces are doing now? Did you not read the article? Why do I ask?It's about time. Why didn't this happen almost 7 years ago? Oh yeah, we detoured to Iraq for many really bogus and stupid reasons. If I had lost someone on 9/11, I would be saying too little, too late. Actually, as a loyal American, I'm still saying it. Al qaeda should be extinct by now, and why are we still fighting the Taliban. Oh yeah, most of our soldiers were busy in Iraq.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

DP, don't be rash in prejudging the appearance of anyone who could have been a character in "Animal House" - there were no "conservatives" or "liberals" portrayed in that marvelous film, just mindless airheads of all kinds, including the administrators and townspeople. It was set in 1964, thus predating the late-60's, a time in which the radical left in this country succeeded in politicizing everything and in turning a whole generation of pampered baby-boomers against (a) their parents, who had endured a severe economic depression and a world war, and (b) everything to do with the "establishment," including both major political parties. The moviemakers in "Animal House" did an outstanding job of portraying the college scene exactly as it was right before that unfortunate time in our country's history - there was a small amount of nascent politicization, but it was invariably poked fun at, and the movie was, and is, brilliantly politically incorrect by today's standards. You don't know me, and should not presume to judge my appearance. I evaluated yours based on your own self-characterization, and Greg Marmalard's physiognomy was the first thing that came to mind. And, based on your other posts, I think that his overall character fits you quite well.

Satirical 6 years, 3 months ago

Cato...."Your mother should wash your mouth out with soap."Psst...Cato...some liberals may not know what "soap" is, you may want to explain it to him.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

Jonas, one would think that terrorists and their sympathizers would castigate the Left in America so that Americans would view the Left as anti-terrorist and vote them in, which is what terrorists would prefer. However, it doesn't seem to work that way, as the enemies of this country continually make it clear how uncomfortable they are with tough foreign policy directed at containing their goals, and they certainly have no love lost for our president and his administration.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, based on your last post you acknowledge that terrorists do state that they would prefer that Senator Obama be elected as our president. Thank you.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

DP, if you'd been around then, you couldn't have automatically labeled those guys "conservatives." That demonstrates what a warped view you apparently have of who "conservatives" are, especially your tendency to think that all Republicans are conservatives, and vice versa. Moreover, plenty of clean-cut frat guys in that era, including those who served in Vietnam, were liberal Democrats and ardent Kennedy supporters, as is depicted in one of the floats in the movie. The point was that they were all played as college airheads of one kind or another at that time in their lives, which was brilliant. As an aside, you might perhaps want to study the career of Senator John Glenn, a distinguished American whom you would have apparently viewed as a "conservative" just because of the way in which he dressed and carried himself.

jonas 6 years, 3 months ago

Looks like you've hit the wall, logicsound. He pulled what he wanted out and ignored the rest, like usual. Myself, I think it's possible that they say vote democrat in order to make more of us vote republican, but as you say, we can't be sure about their real motivations.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, you're off base as usual. I suggest that you read the posts again.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

DP, you continue to make assertions to which I respond, and then you claim that I have not responded to what you asserted. In light of this chronic problem, and especially since we've been talking about "Animal House," I will ask you this again: Do you have a degree from an accredited four-year college or university?

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

Which is why, Jonas, they are not our friends, even if you wish they were.

Rationalanimal 6 years, 3 months ago

Rot in hell, your pals will be there soon.

jonas 6 years, 3 months ago

cato_the_elder (Anonymous) says:"Jonas, one would think that terrorists and their sympathizers would castigate the Left in America so that Americans would view the Left as anti-terrorist and vote them in, which is what terrorists would prefer."Or, one could think that the terrorists will realize that a great number of our citizens would vote against those the terrorists say that they would support, simply because they are, supposedly, being supported by terrorists. It's all moot anyway, we can only assume their real motivations or ignore them and do what we would have done anyway. "However, it doesn't seem to work that way, as the enemies of this country continually make it clear how uncomfortable they are with tough foreign policy directed at containing their goals, and they certainly have no love lost for our president and his administration."Neither, reportedly, do many of our friends.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, perhaps you might want to crank up your one brain cell, attempt to read the final paragraph of your last post, and then go find a dictionary and look up the meaning of the word "hypocrisy."

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

No, LS04. Your previous response demonstrated that you didn't even understand what was being said.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, there are thousands of very patriotic Americans who every day listen to, and study very carefully, everything they can that is said by terrorists and their supporters. Some are employed by our government, and some are not. Your lame, illogical, and perverted attempt to brand those who want to look out for the well-being of this country as "America haters" demonstrates that you are either extremely naive or just plain stupid.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

No, I listen to them very carefully as the enemies that they surely are. They want to be friends with Senator Obama - and if they are, they're his friends, not mine.

tangential_reasoners_anonymous 6 years, 3 months ago

"The al-Qaida statement warned of vengeance for their deaths. "We tell the enemies of God that God has saved those who will be even more painful for you," it said. "As Abu Khabab has gone, he left behind, with God's grace, a generation of faithful students who will make you suffer the worst torture and avenge him and his brothers."There you have it... a synopsis of ( almost all ) the sentiments expressed above. Kindred souls.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

You know, LS04, calling someone an "America hater," when what you and your fellow leftist sandbox-dwellers advocate for this country would ultimately destroy our way of life as we know it, is indeed anomalous.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

No, LS04, I couldn't care less what you think. However, I make it a practice of never backing down to anyone, period - and especially not to cretinous birdbrains like you.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, as should have been clear some time ago, I don't care what you think.

Doob 6 years, 3 months ago

Dem and Rep parties should be extinct by now...only meant to divide us.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

"Word?" You must have meant "weird," perhaps as a Freudian slip in describing yourself.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

No, Snap was simply pointing out the subterranean level of your flaky attempts at discourse.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 3 months ago

Looks like loggy had a big bowl of Snark Flakes this morning.

wheatridge 6 years, 3 months ago

Just curious logicsound04 which of your posts do you consider "original or critical"?

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

BABBOY, to paraphrase your brilliant analysis, anyone who thinks that Senator Obama will make a great president is either very young or very old and thereby out of touch, or is mentally retarded.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, I suggest that you instead spend your time in consoling your fellow nutbag leftist Scott0000, who has embarrassed himself beyond redemption in attempting to respond to my comments on Cal Thomas's August 15 piece entitled "A tough stand on Russia."

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

LS04, glad I got you upset. You've obviously had a hard day.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 3 months ago

The subject, LS04, is the repeated practice of leftists in this country, including most certainly you and your other sandbox friends who post on this site, in supporting the enemies of this country when it will assist them in their efforts to demean the Bush administration. Russia invades Georgia? Why, it's not the fault of Russian thugs who want to recreate the Soviet Union - no, it's the fault of the Bush administration and, of course, John McCain. It's a despicable practice, and you're in it up to your neck.

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