August 27th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Al Qaeda No. 2 killed in Pakistan, U.S. says

Al Qaeda's second-in-command, Atiya Abdul Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, a U.S. official said Saturday.

The official would not discuss the circumstances behind his death, but did say Rahman is a key loss for al Qaeda.

- CNN'S Pam Benson and Reza Sayah contributed to this report.

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  1. George Patton

    Another field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington and another blow to Islam! My only hope here is that Hurricane Irene took some of the p'zaz out of it!!! At least we won't be hearing so much belly-hooing over this killing as if it contained some kind of glory as usual!

    August 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    In 2001 Taliban had offered to hand over Osama Bin Laden to us if we could prove that he was behind 9/11 attacks. They did it twice but Bush rejected outrightly. Now after losing thousands of American lives & trillions of dollars we are negotiating with Taliban to achieve some semblance of stability in that region. And an exit strategy for US.
    Undoubtedly Bush-Cheney administration gets the blame squarely for landing this nation in a disaster of epic proportions fiscally, financially & in terms of our geo-political goals. Thousands of American lives lost , tens of thousands of civilians killed & counting.
    Based on a designed web of lies & half truths this nation was misled into the invasion of Iraq. Where we left a legacy of corruption & torture. Perpetual violence, internal strife and hostility towards US. And we are still there.
    In a 107 page report published in July " Getting Away With Torture", Human Rights Watch has named Bush, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld & G.Tenet for an investigation against them on War Crime charges. They claim to have ample evidence for proceeding against these officials.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bull Halsey

    It doesnt matter. The Obama Regime will be voted out next year.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Let's hope so, Bull. So far, Barack Obama has done a horrific job as President. Worst of all, he not only kept us in two useless and unnecessary wars but got into two others, killing more and more people needlessly! Maybe the next President won't harbor such a vendetta against Islam, but I guess that's just wishful thinking on my part!

      August 29, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • V

      This is just more proof of how brainwashed you people really are. You're already talking about ousting the current president, like the next one will be any different. It's always going to be the same scenario. You vote for the one that promises the most change. Then you complain for the next 4 to 8 years when you don't get what they promised you. How many times you repeat this cycle is up to you. Ask yourself one question. Are you as people content with being ignored by the very leaders you’ve hired to work for you, or will you refuse to be lost in the annals of history and fight back? This great nation was formed by the people for the people, and it can be re-formed the same way. All you lack is a voice with the courage and conviction to rally behind. The choice is yours.

      August 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Maybe maybe not.
    The options are scarier.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jj

    negotiating??? we kill them like the vermon they are!!!! George Quit using a great name in your likeness please. you have no clue...

    August 28, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rick

    So the CIA got al-qeada's number 2 man AGAIN... Who is funding al-qeada any ways? Is it Iran, Libya, Syria, or mabye The CIA. Since the CIA keeps eliminating al-qeadas' number 2 man, maybe, the CIA wants to be number 2. So, when we all go to the bathroom, let's sing "The CIA'S number 2, The CIA'S number 2. After we're done, we can sing "The CIA and Obama are number 3". "The CIA and Obama are number 3". Yea team go.

    August 29, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. rick

    Sorry for the joke, but humor is based on fact. Seriously, who is funding al-qeada? In 2001 the CIA said al-qeada had approx. 200 members. Now, al-qeada is in at least 15 different countries. The only organization that rivals al-qeada is our own CIA. The CIA is known as "The Company". It has operatives in 130 countries. The CIA "company" recently acquired its own domestic subsidiary called the NYPD. Who's to say al-qeada is just a foreign subsidiary of the (CIA) company.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. Hmmm!

    Obama’s' favor ratings are extremely low. Then he "gets" Bin Laden. Then 30 soldiers (some of whom were involved in the Bin Laden raid) are shot down in that Chinook and we just happen to get the exact "group" that shot them down. Now we "got" Al Qaeda's 2nd in command. It all sounds a little too convenient to me.

    August 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    Have you noticed how often we have killed the # 2 of Al-Qaeda?

    August 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
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