August 20, 2008

New Al Qaeda Message Confirms Head of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan Still Alive

Andrew Cochran at Counterterrorism Blog is reporting Ayman Zawahiri and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid are alive.

Via Counterterrorism Blog and Site IntelGroup

The SITE Intelligence Group has issued a press release that a new speech is forthcoming from Al Qaeda's #2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, containing eulogies for two recently killed Al Qaeda commanders, Abu Khabab al-Masri (a.k.a. Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar) and Abu Abdullah al-Shami, an escapee from Bagram prison in July 2005 and killed last month in a U.S. strike.
Update by Rusty: I'm not sure why we need a press release from a third party when al Qaeda puts out their own. Here it is:
قريباً بإذن الله # رثاء كوكبة من الأبطال # لحكيم الأمة الشيخ / أيمن الظواهري حفظه ال

[Googlish: Soon, God lament # # constellation of heroes of the nation Sheikh Hakim / Ayman Al-Zawahiri keepers

And the traditional banner announcement:

Someday Z man will be dead. Someday.

Which brings up another thought: where have Gadahn and bin Laden been lately?

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