September 30, 2011
The top terrorist news this morning is the killing of Anwar al- Awlaki in Yemen. He, along with several of his “staff” and other high-level terrorist members, were reportedly killed by air strikes while traveling in a motorcade. The US has yet to claim any responsibility in the strike but Yemen officials said the attack was a joint effort.
Awlaki was an American-born Muslim, but moved to Yemen when he was 7 years old. He later returned to the US where he had heavy ties to several terrorist, including members of the 9-11 attack and, more recently, Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009. Other attackers have also been tied to him.
Awlaki’s death brings the total to 20 high profile terrorist killed under the Obama Administration, which begs the cynical question “Is Obama ‘soft’ on terrorism”?
You may recall that former mayor of New York and past presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and others claimed that President Obama would go easy on terrorism. Of course, there were and still are many unjustified attacks on Obama, but when something like this happens the propaganda machine is cranked up and the critics (liars) are hell-bent on giving Bush the credit (Bush killed bin Laden). Other Bush allies along with Giuliani were insisting that Bush played a big roll in the killing of bin Laden; which also begs the real question “Would they have wanted to give Obama any credit had the two President’s roll been reversed?”
The following is a list of high-profile terrorist killed or captured since President Obama took office.
- September 2011 – Younis al Mauritani captured (senior al Qaeda leader in Pakistan)
- September 2011 – Abu Hafs al-Shahri killed (al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations)
- August 2011 – Atiyah Abd al-Rahman killed (Al Qaeda No. 2 in Pakistan)
- May 2011 – Osama bin Laden killed (Number 1 Al Qaeda, and worlds most wanted)
- June 2011 – Fazul Abdullah Mohammed killed (top al-Qaeda operative in Somalia)
- June 2011 – Ilyas Kashmiri killed (top al- Qaeda commander in Pakistan)
- June 2010 – Hawza al Jawfi killed along with 6 other terrorist (leader in Pakistan)
- May 2010 – Mustafa Ahmed Muhammad Uthman Abu al-Yazid killed [aliases Shaikh Sa’id al-Masri and Mustafa Abu al-Yazid] (al Qaeda’s No. 3)
- April 2010 – Abu Ayyub al-Masri and Abu Umar al-Baghdadi (Top two Al Qaeda operatives in Iraq)
- March 2010 – Qari Mohammad Zafar killed (terrorist leader in Pakistan)
- February 2010 – Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar captured (The Taliban’s top military commander)
- February 2010 – Sirajuddin Haqqani killed (militant commander in Pakistan)
- January 2010 – Qassem al-Rimi, Ayed al-Shabwani, Ammar al-Waili, Saleh al-Tais, Ibrahim and Mohammed Saleh al-Banna killed (Al-Qaeda military boss and senior Al-Qaeda figures in the Arabian Peninsula)
- December 2009 – Saleh Al-Somali killed (senior al Qaeda operative in Pakistan)
- September 2009 – Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan killed (ringleader of an al Qaeda cell in Kenya)
There have been several other less-visible leaders and operatives killed under the Obama Administration, as well as many other attempted kills and captures.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky