Yemeni al Qaeda operative killed along Afghan-Pakistani border
Most excellent way to start the day.....Long War Journal has the news via Flashpoint Partners. Whats not clear in this report is on what side of that AF-PAK border this kill took place.
A seasoned al Qaeda operative from Yemen was among several terrorists killed in a US raid along the Afghan-Pakistani border last month. The al Qaeda operative was identified as Abu Abdulrahman al Qahtani, a veteran jihadist from Yemen, according to a martyrdom statement released on the Al Faloja Forum, a website frequented by al Qaeda supporters. He was killed along with "a number of brothers" in "the land of Khorasan" on "on the night of the Eid," or Nov. 16. The Khorasan is a region that encompasses large areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Iran. The statement announcing Qahtani's death was released in Arabic and translated by Flashpoint Partners, a website that monitors jihadist media. The statement was not released through an official al Qaeda outlet but is "very credible," Flashpoint Partner's Evan Kohlmann told The Long War Journal. "Al Qahtani was an active user on the Faloja forum," Kohlamnn said. "He used to post updates from the frontlines about Arab mujahideen fighters in AFPAK [the Afghanistan-Pakistan region]." Qahtani was 45 years old when he was killed. He was a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan, and fought for "decades" on "the fields of jihad." Qahtani fought against the Soviet Union in the 1980s, and returned to battle the Americans after the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001. Qahtani was a close associate of al Qaeda operatives Ghazwan al Yemeni, Abu Dujanah al Sanaani, and Abu Dujanah al Khurasani. Abu Dujanah al Khurasani, who is also known as Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al Balawi, carried out the suicide attack against the CIA at Combat Outpost Chapman in Khost province on Dec. 30, 2009 that killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence officer. Khurasani, a Jordanian, had enticed the CIA with promises of being able to produce Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command. Khurasani, like Qahtani, was a longtime internet jihadi.The hunt goes on...
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