Don't Believe Effectiveness Of Drone Attacks

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    A top Al Qaeda leader is being reported as killed in a drone attack again.

    Problem with this is he was also reported to have been killed back in 2009 as well.

    (AP) Airstrike kills senior al-Qaida leader in Yemen
    BY AHMED AL-HAJ
    Associated Press
    SANAA, Yemen

    An airstrike Sunday killed a top al-Qaida leader on the FBI's most wanted list for his role in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole warship, Yemeni officials said. The airstrike resembled earlier U.S. drone attacks, but the U.S. did not immediately confirm it.

    Fahd al-Quso was hit by a missile as he stepped out of his vehicle, along with another al-Qaida operative in the southern Shabwa province, Yemeni military officials said. They were speaking on condition of anonymity in accordance with military regulations.


    Al-Quso, 37, was on the FBI's most wanted list, with a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. He was indicted in the U.S. for his role in the 2000 bombing in the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, in which 17 American sailors were killed and 39 injured.

    He served more than five years in a Yemeni prison for his role in the attack and was released in 2007. He briefly escaped prison in 2003 but later turned himself in to serve the rest of his sentence.

    A telephone text message claiming to be from al-Qaida media arm confirmed al-Quso was killed in the strike.

    Al-Quso was also one of the most senior al-Qaida leaders publicly linked to the 2009 Christmas airliner attack. He has allegedly met with the suspected bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in Yemen before he left on his way to execute his failed bombing over Detroit.

    In December 2010, al-Quso was designated a global terrorist by the State Department, an indication that his role in al-Qaida's Yemen branch had grown more prominent.

    Local Yemeni official Abu Bakr bin Farid and the Yemeni Embassy in Washington confirmed al-Quso was killed in Rafd, a remote mountain valley in Shabwa. It is the area where many of al-Qaida leaders are believed to have taken cover, including the U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, killed in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen last year.

    Yemeni government officials reported that Al-Quso and al-Awlaki were killed in an airstrike in 2009 in Rafd, but they both resurfaced alive.

    Drone kills al-Qaida leader in Yemen; Al-Quso was behind USS Cole bombing

    Seems to me Obama likes jumping the gun a lot and reporting successes just to reduce the advantage the GOP has over Democrats on National Defense.

    Report after report about senior terrorists biting the dust. The purpose of these reports are not for the those of us who question what he's doing, but to give his supporters something to crow about.

    That's all.

    When it comes to winning a full-scale war.....that's totally different. He can't do it.

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    Oh, those drones.


    I thought your were talking about these butthead drones...

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    The drones are a great weapon and can be used to deadly effect but they do have their drawbacks confirming you actually killed your target can be difficult and any valuable information or intel at the target site is destroyed and you always run the risk of one going down like in Iran.
     
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    Exactly......
     
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    Silent death from above

    Nothing terrorizes the terrorists like a good drone strike
     
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    There is no way to verify kills unless the Yemeni government verifies them.

    Yemenis have a revolving door in their prisons. Guys get locked up and miraculously escape.

    What's to stop them from fudging the kill reports?
     
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    Drones mean never having to say you are sorry.
     
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    A B2 strike does it even better.

    I prefer cluster-bombs, but they're illegal now. Too damned effective.
     
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    You really should share you insight with President Obama and the CIA.
     
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    Yeah, there's really nothing like wiping out an entire wedding party.
     

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