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No. 3 Al Qaeda Official Killed With Family

From a distraught Associated Press:

Al-Qaida: No. 3 official killed with family

By Kimberly Dozier, Associated Press Writer

June 1, 2010

WASHINGTON – Al-Qaida announced Monday that its No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, had been killed along with members of his family — perhaps one of the most severe blows to the terror movement since the U.S. campaign against al-Qaida began. A U.S. official said al-Yazid was believed to have died in a U.S. missile strike.

A statement posted on an al-Qaida Website said al-Yazid, which it described as the organization’s top commander in Afghanistan, was killed along with his wife, three daughters, a grandchild and other men, women and children but did not say how or where.

The statement did not give an exact date for al-Yazid’s death, but it was dated by the Islamic calendar month of "Jemadi al-Akhar," which falls in May.

A U.S. official in Washington said word was "spreading in extremist circles" of his death in Pakistan’s tribal areas in the past two weeks.

His death would be a major blow to al-Qaida, which in December "lost both its internal and external operations chiefs," the official said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information.

The Egyptian-born al-Yazid, also known as Sheik Saeed al-Masri, was a founding member of al-Qaida and the group’s prime conduit to Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri. He was key to day-to-day control, with a hand in everything from finances to operational planning, the U.S. official said.

Al-Yazid has been reported killed before, in 2008, but this is the first time his death has been acknowledged by the militant group on the Internet.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media, said al-Yazid died in a U.S. missile strike on May 21 in the North Waziristan tribal area.

Soon after the attack, officials reported that two foreigners were among the 10 people killed, but did know their identities. Five women and two children were also wounded in the attack, which occurred in the village of Boya near the main town in the area, Miran Shah.

The intelligence officials said they received word of al-Yazid’s death last week and confirmed it by speaking to local tribal elders and Taliban members. They said their sources had not seen al-Yazid’s body and did not know where he was buried

The shadowy, 55-year-old al-Yazid has been involved with Islamic extremist movements for nearly 30 years since he joined radical student groups led by fellow Egyptian al-Zawahri, now the No. 2 figure in al-Qaida after bin Laden.

In the early 1980s, al-Yazid served three years in an Egyptian prison for purported links to the group responsible for the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. After his release, al-Yazid turned up in Afghanistan, where, according to al-Qaida’s propaganda wing Al-Sabah, he became a founding member of the terrorist group.

He later followed bin Laden to Sudan and back to Afghanistan, where he served as al-Qaida’s chief financial officer, managing secret bank accounts in the Persian Gulf that were used to help finance the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington. After the U.S. and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001, al-Yazid went into hiding for years…

Al-Yazid had little background in leading combat operations. But terrorism experts say his advantage was that he was close to Taliban leader Mullah Omar. As a fluent Pashto speaker known for impeccable manners, al-Yazid enjoyed better relations with the Afghans than many of the al-Qaida Arabs, whom the Afghans found arrogant and abrasive.

That suggested a conscious decision by al-Qaida to embed within the Taliban organization, helping the Afghan allies with expertise and training while at the same time putting an Afghan face on the war.

Al-Yazid himself alluded to such an approach in an interview this year with Al-Jazeera television’s Islamabad correspondent Ahmad Zaidan. Al-Yazid said al-Qaida fighters were involved at every level with the Taliban.

"We participate with our brothers in the Islamic Emirate in all fields," al-Yazid said. "This had a big positive effect on the (Taliban) self-esteem in Afghanistan." …

In August 2008, Pakistani military officials claimed al-Yazid had been killed in fighting in the Bajaur tribal area along the Afghan border. However, he turned up in subsequent al-Qaida videos, all of which had clearly been made after the Bajaur fighting.

How many leaders does Al Qaeda have? And how many times do we have to kill them?

Oh, and why hasn’t Mr. Obama killed Bin Laden yet? What is he waiting for?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 1st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

17 Responses to “No. 3 Al Qaeda Official Killed With Family”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Ah !!
    The family & friends’ plan.

    I just had a ‘tingle’ run up my leg.


    • JohnMG says:

      I’m sure nobody ran this mission past the pretender-in-chief or it would have been scrubbed until all diplomatic avenues of resolution had been exhausted.

      Unlike the Israeli solution to their nemesis, whose actions Obama is sure to condemn.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    Hoisting a beer and enjoying a pulled pork sammich in honor of this glorious news.

  3. proreason says:

    They are like cockroaches.

    There are thousands more behind the baseboards.

  4. AmericanIPA says:

    Enjoy your virgins, and by virgins I mean burning hell fire.

  5. chainsaw says:

    Hate to bring this up, but since when do we report non-verifiable news from the Al Qaeda website? And who are the “two Pakistani intel officials” that are speaking anonymously and to whom? And how does an AP press correspondent in Wash DC get this information? Sorry, just wondering how many more times AQ is going to report Yazid’s death.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Who cares?
      I’ll celebrate every time an alias name of his is struck by a weapon of our choice.
      Extra points for family and friends!


  6. Right of the People says:

    Kill them all, let Allah sort them out.

    I’m going to be unPC here and state that as far as I can see, all these Al Qaeda a–holes look the same to me. Must be all that marrying of 7 and 8 year olds who are first cousins (praise Allah). We need to turn more of these scumbags into good moose limbs.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”We need to turn more of these scumbags into good moose limbs…..”

      I choose to take liberties with your post, RotP. How about…..

      We need to turn more of these scumbags into compost!

    • Right of the People says:

      Like they say John, “A good moose limb is a dead moose limb.”

  7. untrainable says:

    Killed with family…? That’s the headline? Family in this context is “future Al-Qaida terrorist leaders yet to undergo official training.” Nice job boys. No telling how many lives were saved because the “family” never grew up.

    It would seem that the most dangerous jobs in the world are # 2 and #3 Al-Qaida leaders. We seem to have already killed a couple of dozen of each of them.

    • David says:

      I don’t think this war is winnable until we as a country get the guts to follow through with this. Until each one realizes that declaring war against me and my family puts their family in immediate peril they’ll just find another roach to fill the post. I think these stone aged communities would turn around real quick if we simply dropped a missile on any home of a terrorist or any home he had business with.

  8. JohnMG says:

    …..“future Al-Qaida terrorist leaders yet to undergo official training….”

    (sigh) They blow up so soon, don’t they?

  9. Petronius says:

    Surely No. 3 might have been a prime source for information that could have been used to break al Qaeda once and for all. But now we will never know.

    It appears that, rather than capturing terrorists who might provide valuable intel, the regime prefers always to use cruise missiles and drones to kill them.

    Perhaps this is being done as a matter of political expediency, because the regime believes that interrogation of prisoners is “torture,” whereas they can keep their political skirts clean by simply blowing terrorists to smithereens.

    After all, a dead terrorist presents Liberals with no embarrassing political-ethical dilemmas over interrogation techniques, GITMO, Miranda warnings, Constitutional rights, public trials, etc.

    • Right of the People says:


      “After all, a dead terrorist presents Liberals with no embarrassing political-ethical dilemmas over interrogation techniques, GITMO, Miranda warnings, Constitutional rights, public trials, etc.”

      Or maybe they’ll reveal our Moose Limb in Chief’s true strategy.

  10. platypus says:

    Two foreigners among the ‘dispatched?’ Dare we hope that they were ‘journalists?’

    If they were, we won’t miss ’em.

  11. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    How is the ranking determined in Al-Queda? I’m going to guess it’s by prominence of the dirt spot on ones forehead. Zawahiri edges this poor schlub out for the #2 spot and then a Hellfire falls on him and his family! Like the song says, if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

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