Does the CIA Have Al Qaeda Leaders On The Run?
March 17, 2010
(ChattahBox) – There is some growing optimism in Washington on the heels of United States’ forces killing Hussein al-Yemeni, who was among al Qaeda’s top 20 leaders and responsible in part for the Dec. 30 suicide bombing at a CIA base in eastern Afghanistan. According to officials, Hussein al-Yemeni was a “top al-Qaida planner, facilitator and bomb maker.” Now under constant pressure in Pakistan and Afghanistan by CIA operatives, al Qaeda appears to have been thrown into disarray, with top leaders heading deeper into hiding, according to CIA Director Leon Panetta.
A recently intercepted message even shows one al Qaeda lieutenant begging Osama bin Laden to send help. “It’s pretty clear from all the intelligence we are getting that they are having a very difficult time putting together any kind of command and control, that they are scrambling,” Panetta told The Washington Post. “And that we really do have them on the run.”
In a near-acknowledgment of the CIA’s war against extremists, Panetta credited better coordination with Pakistan, and an increasingly aggressive campaign against al-Qaeda and its Taliban allies, including more frequent strikes. He called it “the most aggressive operation that CIA has been involved in in our history.”