Jordanian al Qaeda operative killed in Afghanistan

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An al Qaeda operative who was an administrator of an online jihadist forum was killed by US forces in Afghanistan.

Haythem bin Mohammed al Khayat, a Jordanian who was better known as Abu Kandahar al Zarqawi, was an administrator at the jihadist Al Hesbah forum and an associate of Abu Dujanah al Khurasani, the suicide bomber who carried out the suicide attack against the CIA at Combat Outpost Chapman in Khost province on Dec. 30, 2009, according to Flashpoint Partners, a consulting firm that monitors jihadist media. Khurasani's suicide attack killed seven CIA operatives and a Jordanian intelligence officer.

Khurasani announced "the good news about the arrival here [in Afghanistan] of your brother Abu Kandahar" in a statement released on jihadist forums in September 2009, Flashpoint Partners reported. In an interview with the Global Islamic Media Front in April 2010, Abu Kandahar "urged residents of the Levant to 'focus on the wars of assassinations, snipers and explosives.'"

Abu Kandahar was a member of an al Qaeda network that included Khurasani, a Jordanian and a longtime internet jihadi who had enticed the CIA with promises of being able to produce Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command. Khurasani was recruited by Jordanian intelligence to inform on al Qaeda's leadership circles, but instead plotted to kill CIA agents in Afghanistan.

Other members of the network include Abu Abdulrahman al Qahtani, a veteran jihadist from Yemen; Ghazwan al Yemeni, a top operative in al Qaeda's external operations network who aided in the attack at Combat Outpost Chapman; and Abu Dujanah al Sanaani, a Yemeni and an Internet jihadist who is known to have operated the Al Balagh Media Center and interviewed Siraj Haqqani. Qahtani, Ghazwan, and Sanaani also have been killed over the past several months during fighting and Predator strikes along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

"This network includes skilled bombmakers, 'martyrdom" operatives, and senior commanders tightly ensconced with al Qaeda's top leadership in the rugged terrain surrounding the Pakistan-Afghanistan border," Flashpoint Partners reported on Dec. 12. With the death of Abu Kandahar, 10 of the 14 members of this network have been killed.

The hunt goes on...

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