Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Target: Zawahiri

By Michael J.W. Stickings

It is being reported -- by ABC's The Blotter, for example -- that Ayman al-Zawahiri (perhaps al Qaeda's #1) was the target of a missile attack on a madrassa in Pakistan yesterday morning, missiles likely fired by a U.S. predator drone. "Between two and five senior al Qaeda militants were killed in the attack, including the mastermind of the airliners plot in the U.K., according to Pakistani intelligence sources," but it seems doubtful that al-Zawahiri was there.

However: "Pakistani intelligence sources tell ABC News they believe they have 'boxed' Zawahiri in a 40-square-mile area between the Khalozai Valley in Bajaur and the village of Pashat in Kunar, Afghanistan. They hope to capture or kill him in the next few months."

You don't think they'd manage to capture or kill him by next Tuesday, do you?

November surprise, anyone?

(I do not apologize for the preceding snark. You all know how the game is played. You all know how the Bushies operate.)

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