Al-Qaida's No. 3 Official Killed In Drone Strike

Al-Qaida is confirming the death of its No. 3 official, Mustafa al-Yazid, as well as members of his family.

A U.S. official says al-Yazid was believed to have died in a U.S. missile strike.

A statement posted on an al-Qaida website describes al-Yazid as the organization's top commander in Afghanistan. It says he was killed along with his wife, three daughters, a grandchild and other men, women and children but did not say how or where.

The statement was dated by an Islamic calendar month which falls in May.

A U.S. official in Washington says word of the death was "spreading in extremist circles" in the past two weeks.

The official says the death would be a major blow to al-Qaida, which in December "lost both its internal and external operations chiefs."

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 2, 2010 at 04:47 PM
    Ted: Unfortunately they won't run out of #4's to promote until they stop reproducing.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    @OSOC,Why dont you tell that to the families of the innocent military personel that died at Fort Hood.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 1, 2010 at 10:06 AM
    @OSOC, yea spin...we have had 4 attacks on US soil and 13, I wouldn't spin that. Afganistan just reached the 1000 death number, I wouldn't spin that either, afterall, he could have gotten out, like he promised...
  • by Anonymous on Jun 1, 2010 at 07:17 AM
    YEAAAHHHH!!! Now get the rest of those LOSERS.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jun 1, 2010 at 07:14 AM
    Wow, that's got to be the fourth or fifth time Al-Qaida's #3 has been whacked. You'd think they'd be running out of #4's to promote by now.
  • by @ace on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:06 AM
    Maybe he (and all of his family) died of old age. At the same time!
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jun 1, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    The key word here is "believed". I know how the official news works from the Viet Nam era. Unless you can produce a body it is not true. There is a lot of truth in the old saying " Believe half of what you see, and nothing of what you hear!"
  • by @OSOC on Jun 1, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    Before you star your spin, admit that Obama isn't weak on terror!
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Jun 1, 2010 at 03:00 AM
    Another dirtbag bites the dust.

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