Thursday, December 24, 2009

30 Terrorist's ent to Hell in Yemen Air Strike

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Three big ones in that group including the guy who was pen pals with US Army terrorist Nidal Hasan:

Nasser al-Wahayshi, the Yemeni leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and his Saudi deputy, Saeed al-Shehri, were believed to be among 30 militants killed in the dawn operation in the eastern province of Shabwa, said the official, who asked not to be identified.

U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may also have died in the air strike which targeted a meeting of militants planning attacks on Yemeni and foreign oil and economic targets, he said.

If all the deaths are confirmed, the air strike would appear to have struck a severe blow against AQAP, seen as the most dangerous regional offshoot of Osama bin Laden's network.

"Anwar al-Awlaki is suspected to be dead," the official said of the cleric who was on the run in Yemen, where he was on the government's most-wanted list of terrorist suspects.

...The United States cooperates closely with Yemen in combating al Qaeda militancy. Pentagon officials were not immediately available to comment on any U.S. involvement in the raid.

The Yemeni official mentioned only one air strike, which a government website said had taken place at 5 a.m., but Al Arabiya television reported four raids.

Nice. It's good to know that we've retained our working relationship with Yemen and can get at these guys who think they are untouchable. It's also comforting to know that Obama will pull the trigger when we have these guys in our sights.

Ed notes that one of the guys was a guest at Club Gitmo and released under the Bush administration to Saudi Arabia where he was put through a 12-step program to beat jihadaholics. It obviously didn't work and now he's nothing but a million little pieces being mixed with sand and camel dung.

Good work.

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