AQ weapons expert sees one of ours up close

posted at 11:11 am on July 28, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Pakistani intelligence says that the US killed an al-Qaeda weapons expert in a missile strike in South Waziristan today.  Abu Khabab al-Masri had a $5 million bounty on his head as AQ’s leading chemical weapons expert, and had also run training camps for terrorists in Pakistan.  He briefly became a missile expert, too — at least for a moment:

Al-Qaeda chemical weapons expert Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar was believed to have been killed Monday in a suspected US missile strike in Pakistan, security officials told AFP. …

The Egyptian, 54, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, had a five-million-US-dollar bounty on his head and allegedly ran terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.

American officials thought they got Abu Khabab, born Midhat Mursi, last January.  That turned out to be erroneous, and the US had gone back to hunting the terrorist mastermind.  Khabab trained Richard Reid, the erstwhile shoe bomber, as well as Zacarias Moussaoui.  Khabab also wrote the ur-text of terrorist explosives training.

Khabab may be most remembered for his experiments with chemical weapons. In video that shocked a world grown somewhat used to terrorism, the AQ terrorist exposed dogs to chemicals used for weapons and watched them die horrible deaths.  The video made clear AQ’s desire to wield chemical weapons for terrorist purposes — and Khabab was the man in charge of making that a reality.

If Khabab has been atomized into his component chemicals, it will be a fitting end for a man who dreamed of horrible, despicable murders and did his best to make them happen.  If we spent $5 million for information that led to his demise, it was money well spent.


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He briefly became a missile expert, too — at least for a moment:

ROFLMAO! That made my morning!

TheBigOldDog on July 28, 2008 at 11:13 AM

Up, up, up
In a puff of 10 KNO3 + 3 S + 8 C → 2 K2CO3 + 3 K2SO4 + 6 CO2 + 5 N2

Shy Guy on July 28, 2008 at 11:15 AM

The video made clear AQ’s desire to wield chemical weapons for terrorist purposes — and Khabab was the man in charge of making that a reality.

And when you think of using chemical weapons, who’s the 1st person to pop into your head?

Texas Gal on July 28, 2008 at 11:17 AM

Next up… The 25 million dollar man.

Static on July 28, 2008 at 11:18 AM

Also known amongst villagers in the Northwest as Sheesh Khabab.

Now he’s just Shite Khabab, thanks to the US armed forces.

Hening on July 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

That always amazed me, when showing the dogs suffering, a huge outpouring of sympathy for the dogs and demand to take this guy down.
But show people who have been killed and maimed, mass graves, (tongues cut out, girls raped, dogs tearing children apart) no big deal…but a dog, now they have crossed the line.

right2bright on July 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Way to go US military. Good news story of the day.
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letget on July 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Abu Khabab

His name was his destiny.

Sniff.

Shy Guy on July 28, 2008 at 11:21 AM

SMACK!

CurtZHP on July 28, 2008 at 11:23 AM

right2bright on July 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Spot on.

Talon on July 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Cool, one less vote for Bin Obama as world president.

Alden Pyle on July 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Another Jihadi goes TU and approaches Room Temperature…

I’m sure Obama (PBUH) and the rest of the so-called “Dhimmocrats” are rending their cloths and crying in their Goat-milk daiquiris…

Dale in Atlanta on July 28, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Let’s spend more and get em all.

Travis1 on July 28, 2008 at 11:26 AM

Here’s hoping Midhat took it squarely in the hat.

By tomorrow, we’ll be told this was a wedding party that was killed.

JammieWearingFool on July 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

The Predator drone will claim the $5 million bounty and spend it all in Vegas on hookerbots and blow.

albo on July 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

…Abu Khabab al-Masri…

ROFL!

flipflop on July 28, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Say hello to my little friend.

Lily on July 28, 2008 at 11:35 AM

DMF RIT (t for torment).

NoDonkey on July 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

By tomorrow, we’ll be told this was a wedding party that was killed.

JammieWearingFool on July 28, 2008 at 11:27 AM

you think they’d come up with a new line after all these years…

right4life on July 28, 2008 at 11:38 AM

When evil of this magnitude is erased like the garbage they are, you have to chalk one up for the good guys. I’m wondering how Obama is going to try and take credit for this too.

volsense on July 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM

Just how I like my Khababs–very well done.

andycanuck on July 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

I hope he had Geiko!

saus on July 28, 2008 at 11:50 AM

In video that shocked a world grown somewhat used to terrorism, the AQ terrorist exposed dogs to chemicals used for weapons and watched them die horrible deaths.

Michael Vick is temporarily unavailable for comment.

Bigfoot on July 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

I’m wondering how Obama is going to try and take credit for this too.

volsense

By claiming his trip to Afghanistan with his Uuuuuuhbama’s Traveling Circus forced Bushitler to make it look like he’s actually doing something. And Bushitler knows where all these guys are, because he’s hiding them. That’s how they found him so soon.

thekingtut on July 28, 2008 at 11:55 AM

Obama has planted the “Iraq may be getting better, but Afghanistan is going to hell” theme in the media and it is flowering nicely with the TLC of his sycophants there. If this keeps up that position is going to look just as wrong-headed in October as his previous anti-surge positions do now.

drunyan8315 on July 28, 2008 at 12:00 PM

the AQ terrorist exposed dogs to chemicals used for weapons and watched them die horrible deaths

Even Democrats won’t shed a tear for this guy.

Buddahpundit on July 28, 2008 at 12:06 PM

Al-Qaeda chemical weapons expert Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar dies of bad falafel and Hellfire missles, but mostly Hellfire missles.

[yeah, I stole it. Sue me]

N. O'Brain on July 28, 2008 at 12:09 PM

right2bright on July 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

A perfect example of the quandary faced by the far left.

wccawa on July 28, 2008 at 12:09 PM

infiltrate : locate : inoculate

rockhauler on July 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

Khabab

Skewered!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on July 28, 2008 at 12:14 PM

How many bets on you won’t see a word about this from any of the MSM organizations here.

JeffinSac on July 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Can’t wait to see what Ace’s headline on this will be.

baldilocks on July 28, 2008 at 12:31 PM

Better living without chemicals

Better living with superior firepower

dentalque on July 28, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Hey, Chef! You burned my Abu Khabab!

Think_b4_speaking on July 28, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Weapons expertise is miffed.

Perhaps the protesters were angered not by the cartoons but by the thought that paradise has ran out of virgins.

This is my favorite, and most effective, WoT cartoon. Its simplicity is stunning.

Entelechy on July 28, 2008 at 12:43 PM

I like the ending to that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He was pulled out under the rubbles, had the presence of mind realizing it is the US personnel that put him on the stretcher before he croaked.

However this is still good. Anything to make the terrorist ‘room temp’ is fine by me.

Sir Napsalot on July 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

ur-text

Maybe I’m missing something right-in-front-of-my-face…??

urbancenturion on July 28, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Anything to make the terrorist ‘room temp’ is fine by me.

Sir Napsalot on July 28, 2008 at 12:53 PM

Anything to make them maggots’ and ants’ food is fine by me.

Entelechy on July 28, 2008 at 12:58 PM

Just out of curiosity, was the Military required to provide an Environmental Impact Study before having Abu “atomized into his component chemicals”.

Gotta protect those spotted owls, ya know.

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GT on July 28, 2008 at 1:00 PM

Khabab

Well done, no nuked, as opposed to medium rare.

Entelechy on July 28, 2008 at 1:03 PM

WOW, eight ball in the corner pocket!!! FIST BUMPS!!!

pueblo1032 on July 28, 2008 at 1:12 PM

Nice work,folks. Toasted on both sides. How does one say “Aww s^^t!!” in Arabic – one hopes he at least had the opportunity to say that before expiring. Speaking of which, there are a bunch more of these badmashes who are well beyond their expiration date. Anything we can do to cancel their lease on life is money well spent.

Orson Buggeigh on July 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

He looks charred in the left photo, was that intentional? haha

scalleywag on July 28, 2008 at 1:16 PM

better living without the chemicals…

(Sigh!) Why do chemists always get the bad rep?

Sir Napsalot on July 28, 2008 at 1:22 PM

I sincerely hope he left a nice big smoky hole in the ground.

pilamaye on July 28, 2008 at 1:23 PM

He looks charred in the left photo, was that intentional? haha

No, scalleywag, that’s the cover photo TIME is going to run.

andycanuck on July 28, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I love the smell of

Midhat Mursi al-Sayid Umar Abu Khabab al-Masri

in the morning.

TexasDan on July 28, 2008 at 1:51 PM

How many bets on you won’t see a word about this from any of the MSM organizations here.

JeffinSac on July 28, 2008 at 12:17 PM

I didn’t find it on Foxnews or Drudge either. I wonder if they are waiting for the real proof after the January mistaken report that he was killed.

Neocon Peg on July 28, 2008 at 2:11 PM

The Predator drone will claim the $5 million bounty and spend it all in Vegas on hookerbots and blow.

Heh.

Jaibones on July 28, 2008 at 2:24 PM

Also known amongst villagers in the Northwest as Sheesh Khabab.
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Now he’s just Shite Khabab, thanks to the US armed forces.
Hening on July 28, 2008 at 11:20 AM

.
He was Sunni, not Shitte, but since he assumed the temperature of the sunni, followed by room temperature, it makes no difference.
.
I’m curious, though: does Messiah Obama like this kind of bomb maker as much as his friend, Ayers?

Right_of_Attila on July 28, 2008 at 2:32 PM

dies of bad falafel ….

Man, I had a bad case falafel one time; in a place called “Marsa Matruha” (I’ll let you all find that on the map).

I think they cooked the damn stuff in 40wt oil from the crankcase of a ’57 Volvo instead of the requisite Vegetable Oil; I had it coming out of BOTH ends for 3 days, and just wanted to freaking die….

I haven’t eaten falafel since, and that’s been 30 years ago…

I have nightmares about that lost weekend at the beach…

Dale in Atlanta on July 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

The pic on the front page of HA looks like the Captain Hook aka Abu Hamza picture from Wikipedia who is not the same person as Abu Khabab al-Masri.

I don’t remember which picture is right, but I believe the FBI made the same mistake with the picture on their Top Most Wanted web page a while back.

IreneFingIrene on July 28, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Another one bites the dust.

Zorro on July 28, 2008 at 3:28 PM

AQ weapons expert sees one of ours up close

He briefly became a missile expert, too — at least for a moment

This is why I come here. :)

ThePrez on July 28, 2008 at 4:14 PM

al-Masri of al-Qaeda now al-gone.

wildweasel on July 28, 2008 at 4:32 PM

Chemical expert turned to charcoal by a robotic drone with a guided missle.

Maybe he should have gone to tech school instead.

SuperCool on July 28, 2008 at 4:33 PM

The al-BBC website article is entitled:
Al-Qaeda chemical expert ‘killed’
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Yeah, the murderous creature is now room temp but the Comrades at the Beeb could fnd no good in this event. “…The US is reported to have carried out a number of drone missile attacks in the tribal regions…Pakistan has complained the attacks could damage bilateral relations.”

DavePa on July 28, 2008 at 4:42 PM

Ed M., only one quibble with the article- the “ur-text of terrorist explosives training” that the late Shish-khebab stole his material from is the old U.S. ‘amateur’ volume “The Anarchist’s Cookbook”.

Mohammad plagiarized the Koran, al-Masri pilfered his bomb book.

Hope he is finding Hell hotter than he expected.

profitsbeard on July 28, 2008 at 4:50 PM

And BOOM goes the dynamite.

oakpack on July 28, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Kabab Kaboom.

davidk on July 28, 2008 at 6:30 PM

I’m wondering how Obama is going to try and take credit for this too.

volsense on July 28, 2008 at 11:40 AM

‘Ummm….My..ah..Magical Mystery Tour’ plane WAS…ummm…ah…in the area. We can…uuummm..ah…neither confirm nor deny…ummm…ahh…ummm..our involvement. Just…ahh…ummm…waiting to see how it…ahhh..ummm…polls’

Something like that?

BigWyo on July 28, 2008 at 6:52 PM

Did the drone announce his Miranda Rights first?

OldEnglish on July 28, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Boom!

Johan Klaus on July 29, 2008 at 12:44 AM

Even Democrats won’t shed a tear for this guy.

Buddahpundit on July 28, 2008 at 12:06 PM

I wouldn’t bet on that, they’ll probably fall in lockstep with this:

http://www.rp-online.de/public/article/politik/ausland/595537/Pakistan-verurteilt-Raketenangriff.html
The Pakistani president is basically bitching that the US should keep them (the Pakistani government) informed. How else can they warn the terrorists to get out of the way of the missile?

If they can’t defend the person, they’ll condemn the methodology. It’s still gonna be the US’ fault.

Aylios on July 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM

dies of bad falafel ….

Man, I had a bad case falafel one time; in a place called “Marsa Matruha” (I’ll let you all find that on the map).

I think they cooked the damn stuff in 40wt oil from the crankcase of a ‘57 Volvo instead of the requisite Vegetable Oil; I had it coming out of BOTH ends for 3 days, and just wanted to freaking die….

I haven’t eaten falafel since, and that’s been 30 years ago…

I have nightmares about that lost weekend at the beach…

Dale in Atlanta on July 28, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Wow, so you reckon Abu-Khebab copped version 10.1 of the same falafel?

Maybe there’s a compatibility problem between Kebabs and Falafels …

Aylios on July 29, 2008 at 10:20 AM

He briefly became a missile expert, too — at least for a moment:

May they all become missle experts, in the same way.

IrishEyes on July 29, 2008 at 10:36 AM