Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

August 3, 2008

Is Al-Qaeda’s #2 Dead?

Filed under: — Different River @ 5:02 am

CBS News, of all sources, is reporting that Ayman al-Zawahiri seems to have been severely injured, and may now be dead, as a result of a U.S. air strike that killed six other Al-Qaeda members, including their top weapons expert.

(CBS News) — The second most powerful leader in al Qaeda may be critically wounded and possibly dead, CBS News chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan reports exclusively.

CBS News has obtained a copy of an intercepted letter from sources in Pakistan, which urgently requests a doctor to treat Ayman al-Zawahiri — who is Osama Bin Laden’s top deputy. He’s believed to be somewhere in Pakistan’s remote tribal areas of Pakistan.

The letter refers to Sheikh Dr. Ayman ul Zawahiri by name — and says that he is in “severe pain” and his “injuries are infected.”

It is reportedly written by local Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, whose signature and seal are visible on the letter.

This of course requires more confirmation, but I just heard on the radio that Al Qaeda is reporting on its web site that four of it’s leaders have been killed. Do they normally admit to that sort of thing? Where is their web site, anyway?

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