Saturday, December 03, 2005

Taking Down Al-Qaida

A missile strike by the CIA has killed al-Qaida's third in command:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The operational commander of al-Qaida and possibly the No. 3 official in the terrorist organization, Hamza Rabia, was killed early Thursday morning by a CIA missile attack on a safehouse in Pakistan, officials told NBC News.

Pakistan's president later confirmed the militant leader's death.

“Yes indeed, 200 percent. I think he was killed the day before yesterday if I’m not wrong,” President Pervez Musharraf told reporters as he arrived in Kuwait on an official visit on Saturday.

Rabia's death puts us one step closer to cutting out al-Qaida's resources and catching Osama Bin Laden. The more of al-Qaida's senior commanders that die, the more Osama will have to get involved in order to get things done. And the more that Osama has to do things himself to accomplish his agenda, the more opportunities the the military will have to capture and/or kill him.

In other words, killing Rabia is a huge success for the United States.

Also, the fact that the killing of Rabia was a highly specific, coordinated strike by the CIA means that we got extremely good and accurate intelligence. It's simply another sign that the war on terror is gradually being won, and that we are making progress every day.