Al-Qaeda expert re-killed by CIA By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org Updated: 30 July 2008
It's 'Groundhog Day' at the CIA!
Khabab al-Masri 'died' in January 2006 and again on Monday. Once again,
the 'mainstream' media announces the re-killing of another 'key al-Qaeda
operative' by a 'CIA-operated unpiloted drone!' These top al-Qaeda operatives
- and their subsequent deaths - are more bountiful than poppy fields in
Afghanistan and oil smuggling routes in Iraq.
The Financial Times reports:
Al-Qaeda expert killed by CIA 30 July 2008 Pakistan intelligence officials yesterday confirmed a key al-Qaeda [al-CIAduh] expert on chemical and biological weapons was killed in an attack by a CIA-operated unpiloted drone, late on Sunday. Egyptian-born Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, who was also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, was one of six Arab men who were killed in a remote region along the Afghan border, according to an intelligence official. The US had offered a $5m (Ä3.19m, £2.5m) reward for his capture. Western diplomats said it would be a boost to morale in the Bush administration, struggling with mounting troop casualties in Afghanistan and a revival of militant attacks in Iraq.
CBS News reports:
Officials: Al Qaeda's Mad Scientist Killed --CIA Drone Targeted Chemical Weapons Expert Abu Khabab Al-Masri On Afghanistan-Pakistan Border 29 Jul 2008 One of al Qaeda's top chemical and biological weapons experts was killed in an air strike by a CIA pilotless drone in a remote Pakistani border region, senior Pakistani intelligence officials told CBS News Tuesday morning. Intelligence officials investigating the early Monday missile attack confirmed that Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri was one of six men killed and his remains had been positively identified... The timing of the report on al-Masri's death also aroused suspicion - coinciding with a visit to the White House by Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani. In the past week two U.S. officials, speaking on deep background, told CBS News that they expected Pakistan to overtly demonstrate its support for the U.S. fight against terrorism by assisting in the arrest or killing of an important Islamic militant, close to the time of Gilani's Washington trip.
But, looky here!
U.S. Strike Killed Al Qaeda Bomb Maker --Terror Big Also Trained 'Shoe Bomber,' Moussaoui 18 Jan 2006 ABC News has learned that Pakistani officials now believe that al Qaeda's master bomb maker and chemical weapons expert was one of the men killed in last week's U.S. missile attack in eastern Pakistan. Midhat Mursi, 52, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, was identified by Pakistani authorities as one of four known major al Qaeda leaders present at an apparent terror summit in the village of Damadola early last Friday morning. The United States had posted a $5 million reward for Mursi's capture.
Abu Khabab al-Masri: A Master of Terror 18 Jun 2006 According to a growing number of media reports, a recent U.S. airstrike on a Pakistani border village has likely killed a senior Egyptian Al-Qaida commander named Midhat Mursi (a.k.a. Abu Khabab al-Masri). Since the late 1980s, Abu Khabab has served as a top military aide and deputy to Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan. Mursi was responsible for co-managing Al-Qaida's notorious Derunta military training complex near Jalalabad, where he maintained his own elite terrorist graduate school aptly named the "Abu Khabab Camp."
No worries. The New York Times covers for the Bush regime:
Praises Pakistan Just Hours After U.S. Strike 29 Jul 2008 President
[sic] Bush on Monday praised Pakistanís commitment to fighting extremists
along its deteriorating border with Afghanistan, only hours after an American
missile strike destroyed what American and Pakistani officials described
as a militant outpost in the region, killing at least six fighters. Mr.
Bush, meeting with Pakistanís prime minister, Yousaf Raza Gilani, at the
White House, sought to minimize growing concerns that Pakistanís willingness
to fight extremists was waning, allowing the Taliban and Al Qaeda to regroup
inside Pakistan and plan new attacks there and beyond. Senior American
officials, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice just three days
ago, publicly scolded Pakistan for not doing more to root out safe havens
like the one bombed on Monday in Azam Warsak, a village in South Waziristan
near the Afghan border. Among those believed to have been killed in the
missile attack, evidently carried out by a remotely piloted aircraft operated
by the Central Intelligence Agency, was an Egyptian identified as a senior
Qaeda trainer and weapons expert, according to residents and officials
in the area, as well as American officials. Neither the operativeís identity
nor that of the others has been confirmed. The officials spoke anonymously
because of the political and diplomatic sensitivities of attacking targets
in Pakistan. The Egyptian operative, Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar, also
known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, appears on the State Departmentís list of
37 most-wanted terrorists, with a reward of $5 million for his capture...
He was falsely reported to have been killed in a similar attack in January
2006 in news accounts that attributed the claim to Pakistani officials.
The timing of Monday's strike, the latest in a series by remotely piloted
American aircraft inside Pakistan, coincided with the first official visit
by Mr. Gilani to the United States.
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