Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's second in command killed, Yemen says
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's branch assistant commander Said al-Shihri, pictured on October 6, 2010.
September 10th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's second in command killed, Yemen says

Yemeni forces have killed Said al-Shihri, second in command of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Yemeni Defense Ministry said Monday.

An official military website cited a senior source saying al-Shihri was killed in an operation in Hadramawt Valley.

A Yemeni government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN an operation took place and a body appears to be that of al-Shihri, but that officials are waiting for DNA confirmation.

The military statement said al-Shihri was killed along with "six other terrorists who were with him."

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  1. saywhat

    O.K. Good.
    Yemen,Syria, Iraq,Afghanistan, Pakistan. 11 years on.

    September 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Lots of #2's out there.
    And the beat goes on...

    September 10, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Don't any of these #2's ever get promoted ? I'm beginning to wonder if they even have a #1.

    September 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Number 6

      I am not a number, I am a free man!

      September 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    And BTW

    La la da da da dee. La la la da dee die

    September 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I know, I know...feeling a tad bit lazy today.
      It's that kind of day.
      Thanks for completing it for me.

      September 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. einsteinthe5th

    thanks cnn,

    September 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Al Qaeda to Cut at Least 5,000 jobs

    KABUL (Voice of Sharia) - Citing worldwide reaction to last week's terrorist attacks, multi-national terror network Al Qaeda announced Thursday that it would lay off 5,000 or more holy warriors.

    The "holy war" concern said the move was necessary because of an expected 20 percent fatwah reduction and cost and complexity of thwarting new airport and immigration security procedures, according to a statement broadcast on Afghanistan's Voice of Sharia radio. (cont)

    September 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      "This is, without a doubt, the most difficult thing I have had to do in my over two decades as a mujahad," said Al Qaeda mastermind and chief operations officer Osama bin Laden in a letter to employees. He added, "Some of these people are my friends, who have been fighting the infidel by my side since we were living in caves in Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation. We are still living in caves in Afghanistan, but I believe the bottom is forming and we will see a turnaround soon, provided we can meet the challenge by getting both leaner AND meaner." (cont)

      September 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      "I have declared a state of emergency at Al Qaeda," he said. "This declaration is an official recognition that, hard as it may be to accept, our network's very survival depends on dramatic change to our operations, our jihad and worst of all our staffing levels."

      The cuts, bin Laden said, would include both mujahadin (holy warriors) and ulema (clerics). They will impact Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

      Some mujahadin will be notified immediately, others won't be notified until the end of next week as they finish attacks in progress or in late stages of planning, according to Taliban spokesman Wakil Ahmed. (cont)

      September 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Staff cuts for suicide pilots, car bombers, petty religious clerics and other Al Qaeda holy warriors will be based on seniority, Ahmed said, in a deal worked out at a meeting between bin Laden and union officials from the IBIJ (International Brotherhood of the Islamic Jihad).

      Mujahadin and others who lose their jobs will not receive any sort of severance package, according to the Al Qaeda statement. Pakistan, which oversees Al Qaeda and its subsidiary Taliban organization, is the world's largest country with a pre-medieval culture and justice system. The country's latest quarterly report said the different units of the Al Qaeda/Taliban organization, including the madrassas (schools Pakistan has been running for twenty years to turn ordinary children into suicidal holy warriors) had at total of 30,000 employees, meaning the cut represents a 16 percent reduction in staff. (cont)

      September 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Al Qaeda is the latest in a string of Islamic terror network layoff announcements, pushing the total of announced cuts in the last five days to 10,000.

      Referring to massive U.S. troop movements involving three carrier groups in the Mediterranean and Arabian Sea, worried Afghani ulemas in testimony during the emergency sharia council in Khandahar on Thursday told their spiritual leader Mullah Mohammed Omar that the number is likely to cross the 20,000 threshold in the coming days, through attrition, with none of the expected openings slated to be refilled. (cont)

      September 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference) and bin Laden are considering spending billions on emergency aid to the industry, distributed through a vast network of corrupt Saudi emirs, international prosti tution rings and drug smugglers. The current exchange rate is approximately 100,000 afghanis to the dollar.

      The PLO announced Tuesday it will reduce its workforce by 200 to 300 sleeper agents worldwide by end of 2012 at its commercial bus bombing division and restaurant theater operations. (fini)

      September 10, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      This is absolutely brilliant, Rawr!
      Absolutely brilliant!

      September 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. BOMBO ©

    This stinks of a Mossad operation. Ha! Beat you all to it.

    September 10, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Well,well @bobcat, my friend.
    You have really exposed the nefarious workings of Corporations.i n this case however the cuts that are being contemplated at the highest echelons of this Corp are rather far fetched as the total workforce itself is now estimated at far less than they would like to pride themselves on.

    September 10, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. saywhat

    My post didn't go thru.Am trying.

    September 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    No luck.

    September 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lean on me

    Yep! Were happy about 2million number 2s being killed, Al Qeada is an imaginary army just like the taliban and everything else, period

    September 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Seems to me that on a couple of threads, related, my comments are not finding their way in.

    September 10, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lean on me

    All govts including foriegn are on the same side

    September 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lean on me

    The people America is fighting are not tyrants but opressed

    September 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    Pres Obamas did say he won't stop killing these terrorists and its starting to show.Could you see if Mormon moron Romney was president ,all hell would be breaking loose cause BinLaden would be alive,right republicans,he did say he wasn't interested in capturing him right!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
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