Saturday, October 9, 2010
Another Al Qaeda leader Bites the Dust
Jawa Report: http://mypetjawa.mu.nu/archives/204320.php
Islamabad, Oct 9 (DPA) Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, an alleged key Al Qaeda operative of Libyan origin, has been killed in a suspected US drone strike in Pakistan's lawless tribal region, security officials said Saturday.
The US had placed a $1-million bounty on al-Rahman, who was killed Thursday when a CIA-operated unmanned aircraft fired two missiles on a vehicle in Khushali Jungle area of North Waziristan, which borders Afghanistan. A total of four people died in the strike.
'We have received reports that Al Qaeda leader Atiya Abd al-Rahman has been killed in the Oct 7 drone attack. Together with him another low-ranking Al Qaeda operative Khalid Mohammad Abbas al-Harabi also died,' said a local intelligence official who spoke on condition of anonymity to DPA.
A second intelligence official confirmed the death of al-Rahman, but he was not sure about the identity of the other three people killed in the attack.
Al-Rahman was appointed by Al Qaeda top leader Osama bin Laden as his emissary in Iran to recruit people and facilitate links with other Islamic groups to work as partners in terror.
The intel must be astounding.
UPDATE(MATT DAMON): He is listed as among Al Qaeda's new leaders a OR WAS a rising star..BBC
A Libyan, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman joined Osama Bin Laden in Afghanistan as a teenager in the 1980s.
Since then, he has gained considerable stature in al-Qaeda as an explosives expert and Islamic scholar.
He retreated with Bin Laden to the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border region in late 2001, and has since become a link to other Islamist militant groups in the Middle East and North Africa.
In June 2006 the US military recovered a letter he wrote to the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian who ran al-Qaeda in Iraq, chastising him for alienating rival insurgent groups and attacking Shia Muslims. It warned Zarqawi that he could be replaced if he did not change his ways.
He is said to have successfully brokered a formal alliance with the Algerian Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which changed its name to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
UPDATE II(Matt Damon): This hit is getting sweeter by the minute....the "low" level operative killed with him... looking like this man..
Khalid al-Habib, thought to be either Egyptian or Moroccan, was identified in a November 2005 video as al-Qaeda's field commander in south-east Afghanistan, while Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi was named as its commander in the south-west.
Habib seems to have assumed overall command after the latter's capture in 2006.
He was described as al-Qaeda's "military commander" in July 2008.
US military officials say he oversees al-Qaeda's "internal" operations in Afghanistan and northern Pakistan.
Habib may be operating under an assumed identity, according to some analysts. One of his nom de guerres is believed to be Khalid al-Harbi.