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Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Commander-in-Chief for Turbulent Times

A few days ago I wrote an article about President Obama as the most legislatively productive president in modern times (possibly ever). Another valued perspective on the nation's 44th President, is his role as Commander-in-Chief.

President Obama joined a coalition this late spring that supported the Libyan rebels in overthrowing their autocratic dictator: Gaddafi. Amidst cries of 'do not intervene' from many in our nation, the president 'rightfully' declared that he would not sit idly by as was the case with the Rwandan genocide of the mid 1990s. The president made the right call, even if the uprising took far more than 'a few days.' History will record his decision and contributions to coalition leadership one of great. As we watched the horrible end to one of the world's most noted 'fathers of terrorism,' as ugly as it was, his support can be considered nothing say of 'great.' But, his legacy as Commander-in-Chief far surpasses the decision to join the coalition against Gaddafi.

History has archived his decisiveness against Somali pirates and, again, his cautious guidance (with Prime Minister Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy,) in Libya. President Obama's effectiveness in both cases of international conflict have proven nothing shy of brilliant. I have a deep belief that Barack H. Obama's election contributed in an international landscape that contributed to the Arab Spring. Moreover, he accomplished all this while continuing to raise U.S. prestige worldwide.

Of course, President Obama's major defense mission is the fight against Al Qaeda and its ally: the Taliban. I doubt anyone with access to television, radio, newspapers, carrier pigeons, or more primitive means of 'carrying the word,' missed Osama bin Laden's death in May of this year. The Al Qaeda commander-in-chief died in his bedroom without firing a shot in defense. The raid was as tactically brilliant as it was effective.

In his 2008 presidential campaign, Mr. Obama bluntly declared, “We will kill Bin Laden.” The promise of a true commander-in-chief, even if delivered as a candidate for the Oval Office. A promise kept!

Sometimes it is good to compare by showing true differences:

The man that we elected President of the United States of America set about accomplishing that campaign promise within 90 days of entering the presidency. An ABC News blog dated may 2, 2011, provides a comprehensive review of the quest to avenge 9/11 and to take down bin Laden. In all fairness efforts to track down the chief terrorist took a turn for the positive in 2007 via the revelation of the name of a courier often used by bin Laden. Possession of the name was inconsequential without corresponding seriousness and emphasis on capture or killing of bin Laden. The previous video is clear evidence in support of that point. Newly elected Obama approached the quest for bin Laden as a true executive, commander and leader.
While he publicly downplayed the importance of capturing or killing bin Laden, on June 2, 2009 President Obama had signed a memo to the director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, stating “in order to ensure that we have expanded every effort, I direct you to provide me within 30 days a detailed operation plan for locating and bringing to justice Usama Bin Ladin…”
We have rated President Barack Obama's 2008 vow to kill Osama bin Laden a Promise Kept in our Obameter database. The promise to "crush" al-Qaeda is now rated In the Works.
In the works!

As we witness an almost weekly 'take-down' of Al Qaeda officials, it is hard not to wonder if the raid on bin Laden yielded far more intel than we will know for some time. The President commented in 2008 that he would go after Al Qaeda in Pakistan without consent if necessary. Well, he most certainly has kept his word.

While writing the Accomplishments of an Executive and Legislative Juggernaut article, I wondered (out loud) about a corresponding study of his work in 'killing' Al Qaeda. got it right. The killing of the nation's number one enemy is, "in the works." I will add that "the works" is coming to closing the books in Al Qaeda's top leaders over the past decade. Factually, any Al Qaeda operative who accepts promotion to the level of being named a top leader also speeds- up a rendezvous with 'end of life.'

Surgical missions like the bin Laden mission have not been accomplished in taking out Al Qaeda leaders based in impracticability. The organization has moved into havens in Pakistan. Again, President Obama promised to pursue Al Qaeda into Pakistan "if necessary." The only effective military option for operational missions into Pakistan are drone missions. While a chronological review of the War against Al Qaeda is not an easy task, I may have found the best chronology available up to September 11, 2011.

NOTE: I am not a war hawk. I do believe that the nation was senselessly attacked on 9/11 and response was warranted. That response should have been dealt with seriously and without hesitation of side-tracking into seeking out Saddam Hussein, a major mistake in U.S. History and one that you and I will suffer from for many years. True leaders carry out missions and move on to the next mission. I am going to post information and a link that provides a comprehensive view of the war on Al Qaeda. My purpose is to give information that will clearly show that President Obama and his Administration are providing overwhelmingly effective 'take downs' of Al Qaeda. Thus, the following is not a sick relish of the death of human beings. It is a valued archive of the actions of our Commander-in-Chief. You will also find a list of pre-Obama victories listed for purpose of archive.

Killed in 2011

Anwar al-Awlaki 
Senior Al Qaeda leader (possibly responsible for the Fort Hood killings and tied to the underwear bomber)

Atiyah Abd al Rahman (Unconfirmed)
A senior al Qaeda leader who served as Osama bin Laden's chief of staff and a top operational commander. 
Date reported killed: Aug. 22, 2011.

Ilyas Kashmiri (Unconfirmed)
The leader of al Qaeda's Lashkar al Zil and the operational commander of the Harkat ul Jihad-i-Islami. He also was a member of al Qaeda's external operations council.
Date reported killed: June 3, 2011.

Osama bin Laden (Confirmed) the author omitted this name, I added it here
Date Killed: May 2, 2011.

Abu Zaid al Iraqi
A senior al Qaeda operative who served as the top financial officer in Pakistan.
Date killed: Feb. 20, 2011.

Killed in 2010

Ibn Amin
A senior al Qaeda and Taliban military commander who led forces in Swat in Pakistan.
Date reported killed: Dec. 17, 2010.

Sheikh Fateh al Masri
Al Qaeda's leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan (or the Khorasan).
Date reported killed: Sept. 25, 2010.

Saifullah Haqqani
A Haqqani Network military commander in Afghanistan and a cousin of Siraj Haqqani. 
Date reported killed: Sept. 14, 2010.

An Islamic Jihad Group commander who trained Germans and other foreigners in North Waziristan and then sent them back to their home countries.
Date reported killed: Sept. 8, 2010.

A Taliban military commander based in North Waziristan.
Date reported killed: Sept. 3, 2010.

Abu Ahmed
An al Qaeda military commander who conducted operations in Afghanistan.
Date killed: June 19, 2010.

Sheikh Ihsanullah
An al Qaeda military commander who conducted operations in Afghanistan.
Date killed: June 10, 2010.

The commander of the Fursan-i-Mohammed Group, an al Qaeda group based in North Waziristan.
Date killed: June 10, 2010.

Osama bin Ali bin Abdullah bin Damjan al Dawsari
A senior operative and key link with the Taliban in South Waziristan, Pakistan. He also facilitated operations in Afghanistan.
Date killed: May 28, 2010.

Mustafa Abu Yazid
Yazid, who is also known and Sheikh Saeed al Masri, is al Qaeda's leader in Afghanistan and top financial official.
Date killed: May 21, 2010.

Sadam Hussein Al Hussami
A senior operative in al Qaeda's external operations network who was involved in the suicide attack that killed seven CIA officials in Khost. Hussami is also known as Ghazwan al Yemeni.
Date killed: March 8, 2010.

Qari Mohammad Zafar
A leader of the al Qaeda and Taliban-linked Fedayeen-i-Islam wanted by the US for attacking the US Consulate in karachi in 2006
Date killed: February 24, 2010.

Mohammed Haqqani
A mid-level Haqqani Network military commander and brother of the group's top military commander Siraj Haqqani.
Date killed: February 18, 2010.

Sheikh Mansoor 
An al Qaeda Shadow Army commander who was based in North Waziristan and operated in eastern Afghanistan.
Date killed: February 17, 2010.

Abdul Haq al Turkistani
A member of al Qaeda's Shura Majlis and the leader of the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Party.
Date killed: February 14, 2010.

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The US has a $1 million bounty on Abdul Basit Usman, an Abu Sayyaf master bomb maker, for conducting attacks that murdered civilians. Usman's death is unconfirmed, however.
Date thought killed: January 14, 2010.

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahimrahim-thumb.JPG An Abu Nidal Organization operative who participated in killing 22 hostages during the 1986 hijacking of Pan Am flight 73.
Date killed: January 9, 2010.

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An al Qaeda ideologue and aide to Mustafa Abu Yazid.
Date killed: Exact date is not known, he was last seen on As Sahab on January 4, 2010.

Sadiq Noor
A senior Taliban leader in North Waziristan.
Date killed: January 3, 2010

Killed in 2009

Haji Omar Khan
A senior Taliban leader in North Waziristan.
Date killed: December 31, 2010

Abdullah Said al Libi
The top commander of the Lashkar al Zil, al Qaeda's Shadow Army.
Date thought killed: December 17, 2009 (exact date is not known)

Zuhaib al Zahib
A commander in the Lashkar al Zil, al Qaeda's Shadow Army.
Date killed: December 17, 2009

Saleh al Somali
The leader of al Qaeda's external network.
Date killed: December 8, 2009

Abu Musa al Masri
A senior al Qaeda explosive expert and trainer.
Date killed: October 21, 2009

Najmuddin Jalolov
The leader of the Islamic Jihad Group, a breakaway faction of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Najmuddin was closely allied with al Qaeda.
Date killed: September 14, 2009

Maulvi Ismail Khan
A military commander in the Haqqani Network.
Date killed: September 8, 2009

Mustafa al Jaziri
A senior military commander for al Qaeda who sits on al Qaeda's military shura.
Date killed: September 7, 2009

Tahir Yuldashev tahir_yuldashev_3.jpg
The leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.
Date killed: August 27, 2009

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The overall leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.
Date killed: August 5, 2009

Kifayatullah Anikhel
A Taliban commander under Baitullah Mehsud.
Date killed: July 7, 2009

Mufti Noor Wali
A suicide bomber trainer for the Taliban and al Qaeda.
Date killed: July 3, 2009

Khwaz Ali Mehsud
A senior deputy to Baitullah Mehsud.
Date killed: June 23, 2009

Abdullah Hamas al Filistini
A senior al Qaeda trainer.
Date killed: April 1, 2009

The list of Al Qaeda Dead continues but the list is pre-President Obama.

As we think about the coming year and the coming election, it is interesting to read and hear so many from the Right and many Independents, and yes some democrats speak about how the president is not getting the job done. The economy is a lagging proof of how terrible was our financial structure under the Bush Administration. slowness in turning around the economy is also testament to a complete lack of cooperation form the Right and Blue Dog Democrats. It is a tragedy that so many by into the Right-wing propaganda machines that churn out persistent messages of dissatisfaction with President Obama. The President is clearly keeping 'us safe' while doing his best to enact measures to turn-around the remaining vestiges of an ailing economy. 

Facts tend to trump all right-wing misinformation and campaign tactics.

If we couple the 'Accomplishments' Article with this information, we truly have a set of information that is absolutely 'addicting'.

For  the Archive

Osama al Kini (aka Fahid Mohammed Ally Msalam)
Al Qaeda's operations chief for Pakistan who was wanted for the 1998 bombings against the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Date killed: January 1, 2009

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A senior aide to Osama al Kini who was wanted for the 1998 bombings against the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Date killed: January 1, 2009

Killed in 2008:
Abu Zubair al Masri
Served as an explosives expert for al Qaeda as well as a leader.
Date killed: November 21, 2008

Abdullah Azzam al Saudi
Served as liaison between al Qaeda and the Taliban operating in Pakistan's northwest. Azzam facilitated al Qaeda's external operations network. He also served as a recruiter and trainer for al Qaeda.
Date killed: November 19, 2008

Abu Jihad al Masri
The leader of the Egyptian Islamic Group and the chief of al Qaeda's intelligence branch, and directed al Qaeda's intelligence shura. He directed al Qaeda's external operations in Egypt.
Date killed: October 31, 2008

Khalid Habib
The commander of the Lashkar al Zil or the Shadow Army, al Qaeda's paramilitary forces in Pakistan's northwest and Afghanistan.
Date killed: October 16, 2008

Abu al Hasan al Rimi
A senior al Qaeda operative.
Date killed: October 2008 - exact date unknown

Abu Ubaidah al Tunisi
An al Qaeda military commander who fought against the Russians in Afghanistan.
Date killed: September 17, 2008

Abu Musa
An al Qaeda operative from Saudi Arabia.
Date killed: September 8, 2008

Abu Qasim
An al Qaeda operative from Egypt.
Date killed: September 8, 2008

Abu Hamza
An explosives expert from Saudi Arabia who served as al Qaeda's commander in Peshawar.
Date killed: September 8, 2008

Abu Haris
A senior al Qaeda military commander from Syria who led more than 250 Arab and Afghan fighters under the guise of the Jaish al Mahdi in Helmand province. He became al Qaeda's operations chief in the tribal areas in 2008.
Date killed: September 8, 2008

Abu Wafa al Saudi
An al Qaeda commander and logistician.
Date killed: September 4, 2008

Abdul Rehman
A local Taliban commander in the Wana region in South Waziristan.
Date killed: August 13, 2008

Abu Khabab al Masri
The chief of al Qaeda's weapons of mass destruction program and a master bomb maker.
Date killed: July 28, 2008

Abu Mohammad Ibrahim bin Abi al Faraj al Masri
A religious leader, close to Abu Khabab al Masri.
Date killed: July 28, 2008

Abdul Wahhab al Masri
A senior aide to Abu Khabab al Masri.
Date killed: July 28, 2008

Abu Islam al Masri
Aide to Abu Khabab al Masri.
Date killed: July 28, 2008

Abu Sulayman Jazairi
The chief of al Qaeda's external network. Jazairi was a senior trainer, an explosives expert, and an operational commander tasked with planning attacks on the West.
Date killed: March 16, 2008

Dr. Arshad Waheed (aka Sheikh Moaz)
A mid-level al Qaeda leader.
Date killed: May 14, 2008
Abu Laith al Libi
Senior military commander in Afghanistan and the leader of the reformed Brigade 055 in al Qaeda's paramilitary Shadow Army.
Date killed: January 29, 2008

Killed in 2007

No senior al Qaeda or Taliban leaders or operatives were reported killed during the strikes in 2007.

Killed in 2006

Liaquat Hussain
Second-in-command of the Bajaur TNSM.
Date killed: October 30, 2006

Imam Asad
Camp commander for the Black Guard, al Qaeda's elite bodyguard for Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri. Asad was a Chechen with close links to Shamil Basayev.
Date killed: March 1, 2006

Killed in 2005

Abu Hamza Rabia
Al Qaeda's operational commander. He was involved with two assassination plots against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
Date killed: December 1, 2005

Killed in 2004
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A senior Taliban commander in South Waziristan who had links to Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar.
Date killed: June 18, 2004

There are times when archives are best accompanied by visual representation. Key data (The Long War) related to the war on Al Qaeda (and in some cases closely aligned Taliban)

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