Hmmm: Unnamed Egyptian Al Qaeda capo reported killed in latest U.S. airstrike

posted at 2:16 pm on February 29, 2008 by Allahpundit

Thirteen dead in south Waziristan, among them an Egyptian who just might be the infamous Dr. Z per the latest scurrilous rumor — although as far as I can tell, the only person circulating that rumor is Roggio and only then to debunk it. Quote:

The presence of Arab al Qaeda operatives in Azam Warzak has led to speculation that a senior al Qaeda figure may have been killed. “An al Qaeda fugitive from Egypt” was reported to have been among those killed, The Nation reported. This has raised the hopes that Ayman al Zawahiri, the Egyptian-borne second in command of al Qaeda was among present during the strike.

But several senior Egyptian members of al Qaeda are known to operate in Pakistan’s tribal areas. These include Abu Khabab al Masri, Abu Ubaidah al Masri, Abdul Rahman al Masri al Maghribi, and Sheikh Essa. Abu Khabab, Abu Ubaidah, and Maghribi were believed to have been killed in the January 2006 Damadola airstrike but the reports were false.

Any evidence to suggest that there was, in fact, a very high-value target at the scene? Actually, yeah — the fact that the U.S. is a tad more gun shy since the Pakistani elections about doing this sort of thing for fear of offending the new anti-Musharraf, pro-Islamist government. If you’re going to send Santa down the chimney in that political environment, it had better be for a good reason. Cross them fingers.

As for the glorious demise of America’s most zaftig traitor, I hate to splash a little morning-after cold water but do note that the Zawahiri video released this week about the death of al-Libi — caused by the same airstrike that allegedly killed Gadahn — carried the usual as-Sahab English subtitles. Gadahn’s been rumored to be the guy responsible for those, so if he’s around and at work, he’s obviously not enjoying his virgins. Bummer.

UPDATE (EM): I would remain skeptical, as Allahpundit wisely suggests.  The Taliban and al-Qaeda would use any American attack as a way to stir up some rage in the post-election environment, and dragging out the body (parts) of an Islamist “hero” like Zawahiri would be tailor-made to deliver riots a-plenty.  If they don’t announce the blessed martyrdom of Dr. Z soon, it didn’t happen.


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al-Libi

Didn’t he usually go by some other name?

James on February 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

As I sent in early some other key info

From Pakistan english paper Dawn

Six foreigners among 8 killed in Waziristan: Locals
suspect missile strike from across border

The house belonged to one Shero Wazir of the Ahmadzai
Wazir tribe who had rented it out to an Arab.

An official of the political administration said four
Arabs, two Turkmens and two people hailing from Punjab
had been killed in the air strike

From Lebanon’s Daily star

The militants were using the house as an “operational
base” for attacks on NATO-led and US troops in
Afghanistan, as well as a meeting place for Taliban
and Al-Qaeda militants, the official said.

Armed militants cordoned off the site after the
missile strike, residents said. They said four
unidentified “guests” had arrived late Wednesday at
the destroyed house, although their identities were
not known.

William Amos on February 29, 2008 at 2:22 PM

yeah …he also goes under Al-Improvi-Sayishin

redrock on February 29, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Dare we dream?

Corky on February 29, 2008 at 2:23 PM

I figured the fact Zawahiri was about a month late with his video after al-Libi was iced meant the femme fatale Gadahn may have been vaporized as well, but I wasn’t aware of the subtitles.

At the same time, there must be someone else with some video skills, no?

JammieWearingFool on February 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Michael Moore is available.

redrock on February 29, 2008 at 2:26 PM

yeah …he also goes under Al-Improvi-Sayishin

redrock on February 29, 2008 at 2:22 PM

Actually, I was mistaken. I know for a fact it couldn’t have been al-Libi because he was on the other side of the country at the time. It must have been al-Ias.

James on February 29, 2008 at 2:26 PM

That made my Friday

Kini on February 29, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Oddly I have read accounts that the bodies have already been buried. They didnt even have any kind of formal funeral

William Amos on February 29, 2008 at 2:27 PM

Sooner or later, his number will be up. Guaranteed.

Zorro on February 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM

BTW Allah some sources are saying 14 are now dead. Seems one more died after the bombing

William Amos on February 29, 2008 at 2:29 PM

redrock on February 29, 2008 at 2:22 PM

AKA – Amanisaw-was al Hairy

sleepy-beans on February 29, 2008 at 2:29 PM

“These include Abu Khabab al Masri, Abu Ubaidah al Masri, Abdul Rahman al Masri al Maghribi, and Sheikh Essa.”

Hell, any of those guys is a good catch.

Badger in KC on February 29, 2008 at 2:30 PM

al-Libi

Didn’t he usually go by some other name?

James on February 29, 2008 at 2:20 PM

Clever!

emailnuevo on February 29, 2008 at 2:31 PM

BTW if you want some fun fauxtography is this page on Arabic Al Jazeera about some story that Serbs are burning buildings while Kosovo Police sit idly by

Al Jazeera Arabic

William Amos on February 29, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Do you have to tease me with this??

Zetterson on February 29, 2008 at 2:36 PM

The noose is tightening. I still say OBL is in Iran. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 2:40 PM

Yes, it’s wise to remain skeptical. But, if true, this w/b better than getting Bin Laden, about whom I haven’t worried in a long time, confirmed dead.

Entelechy on February 29, 2008 at 2:44 PM

What’s with all these Egyptian terrorists being named Al-Masri. The head of the Islamic State of Iraq (an egyptian) is named Al-Masri too. Are they all inbred children from the same father or what?

LT Nixon on February 29, 2008 at 2:52 PM

Stands to reason (like I said the other day) since Z-man put out a tape, then bammo, airstrike. This has happened before, and I don’t believe in a pattern of coincidences. Let’s hope.

scottm on February 29, 2008 at 2:56 PM

My question: Any chance that they hit Al Yaba Dabadoo?

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on February 29, 2008 at 3:07 PM

What’s with the two blond bimbos sucking face in the video add at the top right of this page?

Alden Pyle on February 29, 2008 at 3:07 PM

A month late with his video just means he’s pregnant.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on February 29, 2008 at 3:10 PM

But several senior Egyptian members of al Qaeda are known to operate in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

I can’t wait for America’s 2nd, Socialist/Black President to invade Pakistan.

OhEssYouCowboys on February 29, 2008 at 3:12 PM

I wonder if this is Musharraf’s goodbye gift. He no longer has any reason t okeep them around to keep us interested….

Gadahn’s been rumored to be the guy responsible for those, so if he’s around and at work, he’s obviously not enjoying his virgins. Bummer.

Well, he knows he rumored to be killed so if he put the tape together wouldn’t he have put himself in it to debunk the rumors?

If they don’t announce the blessed martyrdom of Dr. Z soon, it didn’t happen.

Unless they rather people continue to believe he’s alive. I think I can make a convincing strategic case either way.

TheBigOldDog on February 29, 2008 at 3:13 PM

At the same time, there must be someone else with some video skills, no?

JammieWearingFool on February 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM

Michael Moore is available.

redrock on February 29, 2008 at 2:26 PM

Score!

shibumiglass on February 29, 2008 at 3:18 PM

…comes a man missile.

CP on February 29, 2008 at 3:37 PM

What’s with all these Egyptian terrorists being named Al-Masri. The head of the Islamic State of Iraq (an egyptian) is named Al-Masri too. Are they all inbred children from the same father or what?

LT Nixon on February 29, 2008 at 2:52 PM

It means ‘The Egyptian’.

Don’t question an Gyppie Terrorist’s patriotism.

/sarc

Ares on February 29, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Is that the same guy that said ‘Family Guy sucks’ on that South Park episode?

thirteen28 on February 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Armed militants cordoned off the site after the
missile strike

Hmmmm time for several more strikes there. Tony Stark style.

dogsoldier on February 29, 2008 at 3:56 PM

What?? Who cares if they riot?? They’re islamist terror enablers…Remember, “with us or agin us”….Quite poosyfootin’ around…We’re concerned that they might be concerned if we strike and take out another killer?? What is the matter with this deranged thinking??? It’s getting our guys killed….thats what

b4lucy on February 29, 2008 at 4:02 PM

What’s with all these Egyptian terrorists being named Al-Masri. The head of the Islamic State of Iraq (an egyptian) is named Al-Masri too. Are they all inbred children from the same father or what?

LT Nixon on February 29, 2008 at 2:52 PM

“Masri” is apparently an Egyptian dialect of Arabic that’s common to the Cairo region. And it seems that in the Masri dialect Cairo itself is refered to as “Masr.” So I would assume that the name “al-Masri” simply means “from Cairo,” or possible even more generally “from Egypt.”

Blacklake on February 29, 2008 at 4:24 PM

What’s with all these Egyptian terrorists being named Al-Masri.

It means ‘The Egyptian’.

It resembles the name Mizraim, one of Ham’s sons in Genesis chapter 10, called the “Table Of Nations”.

I’ve long been fascinated by the resemblance of “Japheth” (Ham’s brother, both being Noah’s sons) to “Iapetus”, one of the Titans of Greek mythology.

Bigfoot on February 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM

Well, It would be absolutely wonderful if it was Zawahiri; he is/was one of the few really competent planners capable of putting together the big operations.

But any of them being ‘sent to Allah’ would be worth dancing in the streets and passing out candy.

Good shooting; Predator Joystick Jockeys.

LegendHasIt on February 29, 2008 at 4:49 PM

So I would assume that the name “al-Masri” simply means “from Cairo,” or possible even more generally “from Egypt.”

Blacklake on February 29, 2008 at 4:24 PM

al Misr is Egypt in Arabic.

JiangxiDad on February 29, 2008 at 5:25 PM

Bigfoot on February 29, 2008 at 4:35 PM

didnt see u already answered. Mizrahi is a common sephardic jewish name indicating, I think, coming from Egypt.

JiangxiDad on February 29, 2008 at 5:26 PM

I pray to Obama this is true.

SouthernGent on February 29, 2008 at 5:47 PM

I pray to Obama this is true.

SouthernGent on February 29, 2008 at 5:47 PM

lol. I “Hope” this story is true.

THE CHOSEN ONE on February 29, 2008 at 5:55 PM

They’re just trying to embarass Obama by killing off all of his rationales.

profitsbeard on February 29, 2008 at 9:27 PM

So if we smoked OBL (which I hope) will the left declare the war is over and announce it’s time to pull the troops out of Iraq & Afghanistan and cut the defense budget?

Catfish on March 1, 2008 at 1:36 PM

While OBL is public enemy #1, he’s not the only one. This is a war on terrorism, not just one man. We’d be stupid to pull out, besides we have a job to finish in Iraq. We leave now and those poor people don’t stand a chance.

Be Reasonable on March 1, 2008 at 2:33 PM