January 18, 2006


U.S. Strike Killed Al Qaeda Bomb Maker: Terror Big Also Trained 'Shoe Bomber,' Moussaoui (HABIBULLAH KHAN and BRIAN ROSS, ABCNEWS.COM, 1/18/06)

ABC News has learned 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 three known al Qaeda leaders present at an apparent terror summit conference in the village of Damadola.

Family celebration or terror summit; they are easy to confuse.

MORE: From an update to the same article:

Pakistani officials also said that Khalid Habib, the al Qaeda operations chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Abdul Rehman al Magrabi, a senior operations commander for al Qaeda, were killed in the Damadola attack. Authorities tell ABC News that the terror summit was called to funnel new money into attacks against U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

"Pakistani intelligence says this was a very important planning session involving the very top levels of al Qaeda as they get ready for a new spring offensive," explained Alexis Debat, a former official in the French Defense Ministry and now an ABC News consultant

So, in other words, this is one of our most important successes in recent months.

Posted by David Cohen at January 18, 2006 5:12 PM

What, no trial?

Posted by: oj at January 18, 2006 5:27 PM

How terrible is this to the Democrats. Even the MSM (ABC) is reporting this military action as successful.

No trial.

Posted by: AllenS at January 18, 2006 5:34 PM

Other than having the unmanned drone fire a high-explosive shoe at the terror conference, it's hard to come up with a more appropriate ending for Mursi.

Posted by: John at January 18, 2006 5:46 PM

read that there was a second explosion, a few miles away and a few minutes after the main one (above). this second explosion might have actually gotten zawhari

Posted by: toe at January 18, 2006 6:12 PM

UAV-borne PGM's are per se proportional. Does anybone else remember that video of the smart bomb going through Kadaffi's left-hand, second-floor window?

This business is going to force me to do some serious research to see what the boys at Newport and Charlottesville are saying about it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 18, 2006 6:31 PM

. . . and for the main course, dear guests, we will be serving shish Kebab! Allah akhbar!

Posted by: obc at January 18, 2006 7:54 PM

Well at least it wasn't a wedding.

Two talking heads on ABC were sagely agreeing a few days ago that even if we got Zwahari it was no big deal. So I guess we shouldn't get too excited.

Posted by: Genecis at January 19, 2006 9:41 AM