No More Pentagon Dinners: Al Qaeda Leader Killed… Again
Anwar al-Awlaki dead for second time in two years
According to a “senior US administration official”, Al Qaeda Boogie Man Anwar al-Awlaki has been reported killed in an air strike in Yemen, which is the exact same way he died in 2009.
The Yemeni defense ministry confirmed the claim
, stating that the same counterterrorism unit that killed Osama bin Laden used a drone and jet strike in Yemen to kill al-Awlaki.
“Cynics will point to the strategic timing” notes TIME
, adding “just a week after embattled Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh returned from four months of medial treatment in Saudi Arabia following an attack on the presidential compound.”
Moi? Cynical? Never.
There are a couple of issues I would like to address, however.
Why should we believe the American born cleric al-Awlaki, who has been linked with everything from the aborted Christmas Day underwear bombing to the ink toner plane bomb plot, is dead this time around?
Like many supposed terrorist leaders before him, Awlaki has previously been reported killed.
On December 24, 2009
several news outlets reported that Awlaki was believed to have been killed in a joint U.S-Yemeni pre-dawn air strike by Yemeni Air Force fighter jets on a meeting of 30 or so senior al-Qaeda leaders at a hideout in Rafd, a remote mountain valley in eastern Shabwa.
The Reuters news agency
spoke to an unnamed Yemeni official at the time who said: “Anwar al Awlaki is suspected to be dead (in the air raid).”
Awlaki’s death was also reported by Fox News
and Al Jazeera
On December 28 The Washington Post reported
that U.S. and Yemeni officials had confirmed that al-Awlaki was at the al-Qaeda meeting.
Then on December 29 it was reported by Newsweek
that a Yemeni journalist called Abdul Elah Hider al-Shaya had been in contact with Awlaki after the air raid, and was claiming that he was still alive.
The report stated:
There is no independent way to confirm Shaya’s account and U.S. intelligence officials are now ducking the question of whether they believe Awlaki is dead or alive. “His status is not entirely clear,” a U.S. intelligence official says.”
Between then and now, the so called “key leader” of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has popped up in several slick videos
and was said to have produced al Qaeda’s signature English-language internet magazine.
As we have previously reported, every significant Al Qaeda leader appears to have been killed or reported killed several times
, indicating that these people are simply names, interchangeable at the whim of the Pentagon, US Intelligence
and their corporate media mouthpieces.
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