July 17, 2013

AQAP #2 Droned

Yahoo:

SANAA, Yemen (AP) The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida confirmed on Wednesday that the group's No. 2 figure, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

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The announcement, posted on militant websites, gave no date for the death of Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri.

The confirmation was significant, however, because al-Shihri had twice before been reported dead but the terror group later denied those reports.

His killing is considered a major blow to the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch, known as Al-Qaida in The Arabian Peninsula

Like I've said before, wouldn't it have just been a whole lot cheaper to try and execute the unlawful Belligerent when he was caught on the Afghan border to start with?
Al-Shihri was captured at the Pakistan border crossing in December 2001 near Spin Boldak.[19] He was traveling with an Afghan driver, another Saudi man who worked with the Red Crescent, and a member from the Saudi embassy in Pakistan, in a vehicle taking supplies to a camp in Afghanistan.[19] He was found with an injured leg incurred during the American aerial bombardment of Afghanistan. He was also allegedly carrying $1,900.[20]
He claimed he wanted to give the money to the Red Crescent charity organization, but according to the US, he used the money to finance the travel for other fighters traveling from Bahrain to Afghanistan.
I mean it is the Pakistan/Afghan border. People die there all the time ;-)

By Howie at 08:12 AM | Comments |