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August 27, 2011

Good News/Bad News. The Good News: Al Qaeda's New Number 2 Killed In Pakistan. Bad News: Actually, It's Just Good News

You work and work for years and finally get that big promotion to the Number 2 guy in the organization and then BAM. All those years at Jihadi-U down the toilet.

l-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.

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A U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to summarize the government's intelligence on al-Rahman, said al-Rahman's death will make it harder for Zawahiri to oversee what is considered an increasingly weakened organization.

"Zawahiri needed Atiyah's experience and connections to help manage al-Qaida," the official said.

No official word on how we got him but the story says his death coincides with a previously reported drone strike in thee Waziristan region of Pakistan.

Stephen Hayes says, if true, this is a BFD.

As we get closer to the 10 anniversary of 9/11, I can't think of a better way to commemorate that day and honor the dead than by smoking as many of these bastards as possible between now and then. And then the day after and the day after that.


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