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January 15, 2010

Head of Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula Killed by Catholic Working in Emergency Room and Drone-Strike but Mostly Drone-Strike

Whatever we do, let's not militarize this problem.

Damn military solutions are so worthless.

The military chief of the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda was killed in an airstrike Friday, according to reports from the country's official news agency.

Qasim al-Raymi, a deputy commander of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was reportedly one of six suspected militants killed by a Yemeni strike targeting two cars traveling in the country's north, Yemen's SABA news agency reported.

"Two cars carrying eight dangerous Al Qaeda members were hit in an area between Saada and al-Jouf," a Yemeni security official told Reuters. "Two may have survived and escaped."

I assume that there is some irony here -- if this was a big blast, his underwear must have exploded too.

In addition, a top Pakistan Taliban leader may have been killed.

-- A U.S. missile strike might have killed the top Taliban leader in Pakistan on Thursday even as Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani told Parliament that the drone attacks were a threat to the nation's sovereignty and could "undermine the war on terror."

The attack came during a three-day visit to Pakistan by U.S. special envoy Richard C. Holbrooke.

Missiles from a U.S. unmanned aircraft struck a compound once used as a religious school in northwest Pakistan, where Hakimullah Mehsud, one of the most wanted men in the country, was thought to have spent the night. Mehsud recently inherited the leadership of the Pakistani Taliban, which seeks to overthrow the Pakistani government and replace it with a rudimentary Islamic theocracy.

Thanks to DrewM.

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