al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed
They shoot, they score!
A senior administration official tells ABC News that officials have confirmed that al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, was killed earlier this week in Waziristan, Pakistan.
The administration does not confirm the use of predator drones, but on Sunday, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a drone fired two missiles at a car as it entered a compound in Mir Ali, North Waziristan, killing three militants.
“Abu Hafs’ death will further degrade al Qaeda’s ability to recover from the death last month of AQ’s number two, Atiyah, because of his operations experience and connections within the group,” the senior administration official said, referring to ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, the deputy leader of al Qaeda killed in August.
“Abu Hafs’ death removes a key threat inside Pakistan, where he collaborated closely with Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan to conduct coordinated attacks.”
Nobody is going to mistake me for an Obama fan, but the President has been kicking an awful lot of al-Qaeda ass, or at the very least, putting competent people in charge of doing it for him. “Eight of the network’s top 20 leaders were killed this year alone, according to the Pentagon’s undersecretary for defense intelligence, Michael Vickers.” Like AllahPundit said, credit where credit is due.
A couple weeks ago, John Sexton wrote a piece for HotAir’s GreenRoom, Obama Would Make a Good CIA Director in a Perry Administration, and it really doesn’t sound so crazy now.