Good news in the counterterrorism war against Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.... death of Al Qaeda's # 5, Hamza Rabia, near Afghan border....
Chipping away at top leadership and keeping them off guard, on the defensive and fragmented appears to be the right way to go in this WWIII against international Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. Sort of like cutting off the head of the snake and, at the same time, eradicating its offspring that have spread out around the world to terrorize peaceful, law-abiding nations.
As for our counterterrorism troops and President Musharraf's security forces.... You go, guys! We're proud of you!
Readers, there's more in excerpts below or you can read the entire piece here.
"Air assault kills Qaeda top plotter"
"One of al Qaeda's top five leaders, said to be responsible for planning overseas strikes, was killed by Pakistani security forces, with U.S. help, in a rocket attack near the Afghan border, American and Pakistani officials said yesterday.
Hamza Rabia, a key associate of al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri, died Thursday in an explosion in the North Waziristan tribal area, and his remains were identified with DNA tests, Information Minister Sheik Rashid Ahmed said. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf confirmed Rabia had been killed....
Two U.S. counterterrorism officials, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, also confirmed Rabia's death but would not elaborate on the circumstances.
The officials said Rabia was believed to be an Egyptian and head of al Qaeda's foreign operations, possibly as senior as the No. 3 official in the terrorist group that carried out the September 11 attacks. That would put him in a tier just below Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahri.
"He was al Qaeda's number five and this is what we know," Mr. Ahmed said. Rabia filled the vacuum created this year by the capture of the previous operations chief, Abu Faraj al-Libbi, the two U.S. officials said.
As head of operations, Rabia would have been responsible for recruiting, training, networking and, most significant, planning international terrorist activities outside the Afghan-Pakistan region. ....Rabia also may have been involved in operations inside the region. He had a wide array of terrorist contacts.... and was believed to be trying to reinvigorate al Qaeda's operations...."