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Media Reports Death of Al-Qaeda No. 3 Killed in 2008

Media Reports Death of Al-Qaeda No. 3 Killed in 2008 --It's the holiday weekend recycled al-Qaeda 'good' news dump By Lori Price, 01 Jun 2010  Oh dear. IDF sociopaths are set loose on a Gaza aid flotilla, BP's eco-terrorism is destroying the planet, and Barack Obama's killer drone war crimes are under fire by the UN. Ergo, the Pentagon needs a distraction... and pronto! It's time to recycle an al-Qaeda No. 2 3!

The US is in trouble for slaughtering 23 civilians in Afghanistan - women and children among the dead - and a UN official is formally requesting that the US halts its use of killer drones. Hence, under intense pressure, the Obama Administration wants to convince the world that its rampant use of killer drones is 'necessary.'

On Monday evening and Tuesday morning, The New York Times and The Washington Post both 'broke' a story. 'Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative, an Egyptian who was a founding member of the terrorist network and a key conduit to Osama bin Laden,' has been killed in Pakistan by a US predator drone.  The alleged al-CIAduh No. 3, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, is also known as Sheikh Saeed al-Masri. However, Saeed al-Masri was reported 'killed' in August 2008.

Al-Qaeda No. 3 Yazid reported killed by U.S. drone 01 Jun 2010 Al-Qaeda's third-ranking operative, an Egyptian who was a founding member of the terrorist network and a key conduit to Osama bin Laden, has been killed in Pakistan, according to a statement Monday from al-Qaeda that U.S. intelligence officials believe is accurate. A U.S. official said there is "strong reason" to believe that Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, known as Sheik Saeed al-Masri, apparently was killed by a CIA drone strike in Pakistan's tribal belt within the past two weeks. The official described it as a significant victory against the terrorist group.

Strike Said to Kill a Top Al Qaeda Leader 31 May 2010 The operational leader of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was killed in an American missile strike in Pakistan’s tribal areas in the last two weeks, according to a statement from the terrorist group issued late Monday that American officials believe is correct. The militant leader, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, an Egyptian, was a top financial chief for Al Qaeda as well as one of the group’s founders, and was considered by American intelligence officials as terrorist organization’s No. 3 leader behind Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, another Egyptian... Mr.Yazid, 54, who is also known as Saeed al-Masri, has appeared in numerous video releases from as-Sahab, the multimedia arm of al-Qaeda, since his first appearance in an as-Sahab video on May 26, 2007, where he was introduced formally to the jihadist online community, according to the SITE [Lack of] Intelligence Group.

Mustafa Abu al-Yazid aka Saeed al-Masri
 Mustafa Abu al-Yazid aka Abu Saeed al-Masri

Al-Qa'eda's Abu Saeed al-Masri 'killed on Afghan border' 12 Aug 2008 A senior commander of al-Qa'eda has reportedly been killed in recent clashes with Pakistani forces on the Afghan border - the fourth leader of the terror group to be killed in as many weeks. Abu Saeed al-Masri, said to be among the top leadership in the terror group, was killed in fighting in the hotly disputed border between Pakistan and Afghanistan. "He was believed to be among the top leadership of al-Qa'eda," the senior security official in Pakistan said.

Official: Senior Al Qaeda Commander Killed in Pakistan 12 Aug 2008 Senior Al Qaeda commander Abu Saeed al-Masri has been killed in recent clashes with Pakistani forces in a Pakistani region near the Afghan border, a security official told Reuters on Tuesday. "He was believed to be among the top leadership of Al Qaeda," the senior security official told the news agency on condition of anonymity... Pakistani television identified the man as Mustafa Abu al-Yazid and said he was also known as Abu Saeed al-Masri.

UN Official to Ask US to End CIA Drone Strikes 28 May 2010 A senior United Nations official is expected to call on the United States next week to stop Central Intelligence Agency drone strikes against people suspected of belonging to 'Al Qaeda,' complicating the Obama administration’s growing reliance on that tactic in Pakistan. Philip Alston, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said Thursday that he would deliver a report on June 3 to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva declaring that the "life and death power" of drones should be entrusted to regular armed forces, not intelligence agencies.

US military admits killing 23 Afghan civilians 29 May 2010 The US military has admitted killing 23 civilians and has reprimanded six operators of a pilot-less drone that attacked a convoy of civilians. An investigation found that warnings that the convoy was not an attacking force were ignored and that the ground-force commander was not sure who was in the vehicles. Women and children were among the dead.

See also, by Lori Price: The 'greening ' of al-Qaeda: More recycled al-Qaeda emerge --US Attorney General Eric Holder celebrates Earth Day with more al-Qaeda recycling: Al-Qaeda Member 'Rises From Grave' to Plan NY Subway Attack 26 Apr 2010

Recycled al-Qaeda: Ayyub al-Masri 'killed' on Sunday, captured in 2008 19 April 2010

Iraq al-Qaeda leader US general said 'never existed' is 'captured' in Baghdad 24 Apr 2009

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