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Posted: 1/13/2006 4:01:02 PM EDT

www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10842035/

U.S. officials told NBC News on Friday that American airstrikes in Pakistan overnight Thursday were aimed at the No. 2 man in the al-Qaida terror organization — Ayman al-Zawahri.

One official said intelligence indicated a strong possibility that Zawahri was in the Pakistani village at the time of the airstrike, but there is no confirmation that he was killed.

Pakistani officials say U.S. aircraft, apparently CIA Predator drones, fired as many as 10 missiles at the residential compound.
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Reports indicate as many as 30 villagers, including some women and children, were killed.

The attack came in the Bajur region of Northwest Pakistan, along the Afghanistan border.

The CIA Predators carry as many as four Hellfire missiles. Only last month, the CIA used a Predator to kill the No. 3 man in al-Qaida in a similar Hellfire strike in Pakistan.

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Who is Ayman al-Zawahri?

Killing Zawahri would be a major psychological victory for the United States in its war on terrorism. Zawahri, not Osama bin Laden, has emerged recently as the chief operator for al-Qaida.

While some remains were reportedly recovered from the site of the attack, there was still no confirmation Friday night that Zawahri was among the dead. An intelligence official told NBC that it does have a sample of Zawahri's DNA.

“Anyone who tells you there is clarity on whether he [Zawahri] was killed ... do not take what they are saying as gospel,” a senior U.S. official said.

Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:01:47 PM EDT
Let's hope so.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:02:41 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Bama-Shooter:
Let's hope so.




be real good news for bush and bad news or the dems. and the first good news of 2006.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:04:15 PM EDT
allah ackbar!
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:04:27 PM EDT
Another Number Two gets flushed down the toilet!
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:05:15 PM EDT
How can they verify?
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:05:22 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GiggleSmith:
Another Number Two gets flushed down the toilet!




Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:06:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By GLOCKshooter:
How can they verify?




since 1994 their was this thing they called dna that is how.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:06:31 PM EDT
So what? They'll just get another one.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:08:23 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Will-Rogers:
So what? They'll just get another one.




you must not understand politics that much do you if it is who they say it is this will be a major blow to the dems who said we our fighting the war on terror for the wrong reasons.


the only bad thing i see is if bin laden was else where.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:08:35 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Will-Rogers:
So what? They'll just get another one.



any disruption in their operations is a victory for us.

Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:08:51 PM EDT
Fingers crossed
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:09:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Will-Rogers:
So what? They'll just get another one.



That's why we need to continue the war, and continue killing them.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:09:43 PM EDT
Do it enough times and people will stop stepping to the plate. Somebody will be happy with the no. 3 slot and no. 2 will be blank.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:10:36 PM EDT
"Irene". I say again, "irene".
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:12:06 PM EDT

Originally Posted By crazyhorse705:

Originally Posted By GLOCKshooter:
How can they verify?




since 1994 their was this thing they called dna that is how.



You mean that his name is written on his DNA?
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:14:54 PM EDT

Originally Posted By jason99xj:

Originally Posted By crazyhorse705:

Originally Posted By GLOCKshooter:
How can they verify?




since 1994 their was this thing they called dna that is how.



You mean that his name is written on his DNA?



no but think about it he has family somewhere the us probably knows where that family is so it will be pretty simple to do a dna test.

Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:15:20 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2006 4:20:14 PM EDT by david_g17]
n/m
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:16:11 PM EDT
Why didn't they just arrest him when they got a sample of his DNA
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:16:41 PM EDT
I'll believe it when I see proof. Even if they got him; like was said earlier "they'll just get another one".
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:19:22 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2006 4:20:01 PM EDT by david_g17]
n/m was thinking of zaqari.
Link Posted: 1/13/2006 4:20:47 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/13/2006 4:20:47 PM EDT by tc6969]
You breaking news broke hours ago http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=427342
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