October 15, 2011
Al Qaeda media chief killed in air strike (In Yemen...not Gadahan)
Bonus/Bumped: Awlaki's Son Killed
Everyone chill it wasn't Adam...
Three separate US airstrikes have killed several suspected Al Qaeda militants in southern Yemen, including the media chief of the jihadist group's regional affiliate in the country.Team America!
The Yemeni defence ministry confirmed the deaths but insisted the strikes - in a militant stronghold east of the city of Aden - were carried out by its own forces.
"Three strikes, apparently American, which were launched against positions held by Al Qaeda militants in Azzan, one of the group's bastions, killed seven of them, including the Egyptian, [Al Qaeda media chief] Ibrahim al-Banna," a local official said.
One of the strikes hit a mosque near the apparent primary target of the strike, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
A number of suspected militants were also wounded and were taken to a local hospital which is under the control of the militants.
The Yemeni defence ministry confirmed al-Banna was among seven suspected Al Qaeda militants killed, adding that he was wanted "internationally" for "planning attacks both inside and outside Yemen."
Al-Banna was "in charge of the media arm of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula" and was one of the group's "most dangerous operatives," the ministry added.
Also among the dead was a son of the American-born Al Qaeda cleric Anwar Al-Awlaqi, who was himself killed in a US missile strike last month.
"Abderrahman Anwar al-Awlaqi was killed in the raid," a tribal source told AFP.
Yemen routinely denies that the US carries out offensive operations on its territory, insisting that it plays a purely logistic and intelligence role in support of Yemen's own counter-terror operations.
Update by Jane: The seven AQAP killed in Azzam, Shabwa included Egyptian Ibrahim al Banna who was among 28 arrested in Hadramout in 2008. The group was put on trial in 2010 for forming an armed gang; seven of the 28 were tried in absentia and its unclear whether al Banna still was in custody or not. An article written at the time of the trial ties him to Iraqi al Qaeda and Zarchawi.
A June drone strike in the same area killed Abu al Harithy Jr. of the 19 member Zarchawi cell that admitted fighting in Iraq and was tried in 2006; the Yemeni court accepted their defense argument that jihad is a duty in occupied Muslim lands.
UPDATE by Rusty: Bwahahahahahaaa!!!! Life's a bitch when you're an Awlaki.
Also, how could we kill Gadahn? He's already dead.