February 16, 2009

WHEREAS THEY HAVE TO BE LUCKY EVERY DAY:

U.S.-Led Forces Kill Taliban Commander: Officials (Reuters, 2/16/09)

U.S.-led troops have killed a wanted Taliban commander in an air strike in Afghanistan's southwestern province of Badghis, U.S. and Afghan officials said on Monday. [...]

The Taliban commander, Mullah Dastagir, along with eight other militants were killed in a raid on a village near Turkmenistan's border on Sunday night, the officials said.

Dastagir was behind a series of attacks in Badghis, including an ambush in which 13 Afghan soldiers were killed last November, they added.

Before that ambush, Dastagir had been jailed but was released by order of President Hamid Karzai, a defense ministry official said.


Algerian Forces Kill Senior Qaeda Figure: Paper (Reuters, 2/16/09)
Mourad Bouzid, 65, also known as Ami Slimane, was a charismatic figure instrumental in recruiting and motivating younger Al Qaeda fighters, daily Ennahar reported, citing an unnamed source.

He was hiding in the town of Issers, 55 km (34 miles) east of the capital Algiers, and was found with the help of local residents, said the paper which specializes in security matters.

It said Bouzid was tracked down using information from Ali Ben Touati, also known as Abou Tamine, another top Maghreb Qaeda figure who surrendered in late January to take advantage of a government amnesty offered to rebels who disarm.

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