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WP: US official says al-Qaida’s second-ranking leader [not Zawahiri] has been killed in Pakistan


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WASHINGTON — Al-Qaida’s second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the U.S. believes to be on the verge of defeat, U.S. officials said Saturday.

The Libyan national had been the network’s operational leader before rising to al-Qaida’s No. 2 spot after the U.S. killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden during a raid on his Pakistan compound in May.


Some interesting stuff on Atiyah: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/10-years-after-911-al-qaeda-is-down-but-not-out/2011/08/23/gIQARQ3tZJ_story.html

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Man, we do make al-Queda go through some #2's, don't we? It's gotta be getting hard to recruit for that position.

Actually this is the first time we've killed the #2 Al Qaeda guy. Now we have killed a heck of a lot of # 2 Al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) personnel.

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