Ayman al-Zawahiri May Be Dead
Today, according to Pakistani military sources, U.S.
aircraft attacked a compound known to be frequented by high-level al Qaeda
operatives. Pakistani officials tell ABC News that al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri,
Osama bin Laden’s top lieutenant, may have been among them.
U.S. intelligence for the last few days indicated that
Zawahiri might have been in the location or about to arrive, although there
is still no confirmation from U.S. officials that he was among the victims.
The attack took place early this morning Pakistan time
in a small village a few miles from the border with Afghanistan.
Villagers described seeing an unmanned plane circling
the area for the last few days and then bombs falling in the early morning
Eighteen people were killed, according to the villagers
who said women and children were among the fatalities.
But Pakistani officials tell ABC News that five of
those killed were high-level al Qaeda figures, and their bodies are now undergoing
forensic tests for positive identification.
Three cheers for the mighty American military. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.