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(CNN)   Al Qaeda #2 in Yemen leader is dead. Long live #2   (cnn.com) divider line 89
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2010-01-13 08:19:50 AM
Yawn. Another day, another Al-Qaeda #2 leader dead.
 
2010-01-13 08:21:23 AM
I am #6
 
2010-01-13 08:43:34 AM
At least they're regular and take a #2 on a daily basis.
 
2010-01-13 08:49:22 AM
Being #2 for al Qaeda is almost as bad as being the piano player for the Grateful Dead.
 
2010-01-13 09:09:40 AM
"Al Qaeda #2 in Yemen"

So many no 2's they're labeled by country now?
 
2010-01-13 09:16:36 AM
You can tell the #2 Al Qaeda by the red shirts they wear.
 
2010-01-13 09:50:43 AM
Call me when we capture #1
 
2010-01-13 10:08:09 AM
pandabear: Being #2 for al Qaeda is almost as bad as being the piano player for the Grateful Dead.

Or the drummer for Spinal Tap.
 
2010-01-13 10:10:45 AM
By hook or by crook, I knew someone would get him.
 
2010-01-13 10:23:15 AM
That's a shaitty headline.
 
2010-01-13 10:27:57 AM
ozone: That's a shaitty headline.

You realize that Fark, as a collective, needs to come up with a witty headline for an Al Qaeda #2 dying every single week? Going on 7 years now!

/Yeah, I see what you did there...
 
2010-01-13 10:40:06 AM
Thanks for giving us the straight poop, subby...

/the US military always seems to be taking out a #2...
 
2010-01-13 11:15:16 AM
Now number two. He practiced the snake style. He was known as the snake spirit.
 
2010-01-13 11:15:41 AM
Worst English speaker is subby.
 
2010-01-13 11:16:20 AM
It's never number one!
 
2010-01-13 11:17:24 AM
Woo Hooo! Promotions for EVERYBODY!
 
2010-01-13 11:17:47 AM
Doesn't TFA say they actually killed the number 1?

And why is Yoda writing headlines? FIOS finally being offered on Dagobah?
 
2010-01-13 11:17:55 AM
He did not get a fair trial!!!!


This is an outrage!!!
 
2010-01-13 11:18:28 AM
Subby knows because he is from Yemen and saw it. English is definitely his second language.
 
2010-01-13 11:18:41 AM
Nem Wan: /hot

Thank you.
Who does #2 work for?!?!?!
//One of the times Tom Arnold was funny.
 
2010-01-13 11:22:57 AM
Ponzholio: Makh: You can tell the #2 Al Qaeda by the red shirts they wear.

I didn't notice until my second viewing of the new Star Trek that the guy who overshoots the Romulan platform and goes plummeting to his death was wearing a red suit. It's funnier when you notice it at the moment he's going, "ready to kick some Romulan ARSE! WOOOOT!"
 
2010-01-13 11:24:29 AM
susansto-helit: pandabear: Being #2 for al Qaeda is almost as bad as being the piano player for the Grateful Dead.

Or the drummer for Spinal Tap.


Beat me to it!

/shakes tiny fist... or fish
//smell the glove
 
2010-01-13 11:25:35 AM
Nem Wan and Rapmaster2000: came for this. Leaving satisfied :)

/Who. Does. Number. Two. Work. For?
 
2010-01-13 11:26:54 AM
Since no one will read it, and it's short, here's the entire article:

Reports: Al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen

The leader of an al Qaeda cell in Yemen has been killed in clashes with security forces, the Yemeni government said Wednesday.

Abdullah al-Mehdarhad, whose name is also spelled as al-Mihdar, led a cell in the Habban region of Yemen's Shabwa province, according to 26sep.net, the Web site for the Yemeni military.

It cited an official source in the Interior Ministry, who said the al Qaeda leader was killed during an exchange of fire with security forces.

Four al Qaeda suspects were arrested in the Maifah district of the same province, the state-run SABA news agency reported.
 
2010-01-13 11:28:16 AM
Your first Al Qaeda #2 was, uh?
John Stumpy Peeps. Great, great, tall blonde geek with glasses. Uh...
Good Al Qaeda #2.
Great look, good Al Qaeda #2, yeah.
Good, good, Al Qaeda #2
Yeah, fine Al Qaeda #2.
What happened to him?
He died. He died in a bizarre gardening accident some years back.
It was really one of those things. You know, the authorities said, you know, best leave it, you know...
It's not talked about...
...unsolved, you know.
And he was replaced by?
Stumpy Joe. Eric 'Stumpy Joe' Chiles
Eric Chiles.
And what happened to Stumpy Joe?
Well, it's not a very pleasant story, but uh...
He's passed on.
He died-- He choked on-- The ac-- The official explaination was, he choked on vomit. He past away.
It was actually someone else's vomit.
It was ugly.
You know, there's no real...
Well, they can't prove whose vomit it was. They never-- They don't have facilities in Scotland Yard to...
You can't really dust for vomit.
 
2010-01-13 11:28:30 AM
I'm taking a dump right now so I'm getting a kick ...
 
2010-01-13 11:31:39 AM
Whew! I thought the air was cleaner the sun a little brighter and I felt safer this morning.
 
2010-01-13 11:32:49 AM
Came for a Sesame Street Count reference. Leaving disappointed.
 
2010-01-13 11:33:41 AM
No, I'm the third most powerful mole in this cave!
 
2010-01-13 11:35:23 AM
wow this headline sucked.

\sorry about that
 
2010-01-13 11:36:07 AM
"Still, 'old friend!' You've managed to kill everyone else, but like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target!"
 
2010-01-13 11:37:24 AM
Did someone try to heel him down the drain?
 
2010-01-13 11:42:25 AM
I hate to burst everyone's collective bubble, but it sounds like this guy actually WAS the #1.
 
2010-01-13 11:43:10 AM
Yeah! now SHOOT #1 and you're on a ROLL!

/Just don't get rick rolled..
 
2010-01-13 11:43:22 AM
He may have been #2 in Yemen, but I hear he's big in Japan.

/Damn song stuck in my head
 
2010-01-13 11:45:39 AM
Stormneedle: "Still, 'old friend!' You've managed to kill everyone else, but like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target!"

"He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him. I'll chase him 'round the moons of Nibia and 'round the Antares Maelstrom and 'round perdition's flame before I give him up!"
 
2010-01-13 11:51:09 AM
#2 in our playbooks, #1 in our hearts?

/Headline hurted my head
 
2010-01-13 11:53:04 AM
How many #2's are we up to now?
 
2010-01-13 11:54:12 AM

Better AP article, with more details:

Yemen: Suspected al-Qaida figure killed in raid
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Jan 13, 4:12 AM (ET)

By AHMED AL-HAJ


SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni security forces killed a suspected al-Qaida figure and arrested four others in a raid on a house in a remote mountainous province, the region's governor said Wednesday.

Elsewhere in Shabwa province, suspected al-Qaida fighters ambushed a patrol before dawn Wednesday, killing two members of the security forces and wounding four others, officials said.

The gunmen attacked the security forces' patrol on a winding mountain road at Nakaba, south of the provincial capital Ataq, the security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the press.

The violence comes as Yemen has stepped up its operations against al-Qaida with help from the United States, which has increased funding and training of the Yemeni security forces. Washington says al-Qaida's offshoot in the Arabian Peninsula country has become a global threat after it allegedly plotted the Christmas Day attempt to bomb a U.S. passenger jet.

Shabwa province is one of several where hundreds of al-Qaida fighters are believed to have gained refuge, some protected by tribes disenchanted with the central government.

Shabwa's governor, Ali Ahmadi, identified the slain militant as Abdullah Mihzar, a native of the province who was on the list of wanted al-Qaida figures. Ahmadi told reporters he was killed in a raid on a house Tuesday night.

Security forces surrounded the house in the mountainous region of Maysaa, about 230 miles (380 kilometers) southeast of the capital, San'a, and exchanged fire with about 20 militants inside, security officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

During the fighting, Mihzar was killed, four others were arrested, but the rest escaped, the officials said.

In a sign of the sensitivities such operations raise, the tribal chief of the Maysaa area complained about the raid, insisting that Mihzar and the others were not "active members" of al-Qaida. He warned that the use of force in tribal regions could spark a backlash.

"They were young men who went astray but I don't think they were really members of al-Qaida," Sheik Atiq Baadha told The Associated Press. "The authorities should have contacted the families and local leaders so we could hand them over. ... We're ready to talk to the government about this."

"If things continue like this, other tribes might become sympathetic with these people" against the government, he said of the raid.

The San'a government has little control over Shabwa and large swaths of Yemen, a mountainous and impoverished nation at the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Powerful, well-armed tribes dominate extensive areas and bitterly resent intrusion by security forces. Young Yemenis who join al-Qaida - or are simply swayed by Islamic extremist ideology - often get support from their fellow tribesmen.

The security forces have beefed up their presence in some areas, trying to hunt down al-Qaida suspects. But President Ali Abdullah Saleh has also offered dialogue with militants who put down their arms in a bit to reduce support for the terror group.

(This version CORRECTS spelling of killed suspect's name to Mihzar sted Mizhar.)
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100113/D9D6OORG1.html
 
2010-01-13 11:54:17 AM
Dances-With-Lobster: I'd recommend everyone learn a little bit about Socotra Island, which is in Yemen. It's like a second Galapagos, one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Soon to be paved over to build an air base, or bombed into oblivion to kill the terr'rists.


Very interesting - lots of good pics on Google Earth.
 
2010-01-13 12:01:54 PM
Dances-With-Lobster: I'd recommend everyone learn a little bit about Socotra Island, which is in Yemen. It's like a second Galapagos, one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems on the planet.

Soon to be paved over to build an air base, or bombed into oblivion to kill the terr'rists.


At least it will be useful then. Instead of an island you cant set foot on.
 
2010-01-13 12:07:01 PM
Flakeloaf: No, I'm the third most powerful mole in this cave!

Did not expect an Earthbound reference.
 
2010-01-13 12:08:01 PM
It cited an official source in the Interior Ministry, who said the al Qaeda leader was killed during an exchange of fire with security forces.

Why didn't they name the source? Would it have hurt to say "Provincial Governor Ali Ahmadi said the...".

Christ our cable news has got to stop that bad habit of not naming sources.
 
2010-01-13 12:09:23 PM
maldemer: Flakeloaf: No, I'm the third most powerful mole in this cave!

Did not expect an Earthbound reference.


Best thing I've seen all week.


/boring week
 
2010-01-13 12:12:33 PM
Brick-House: Biological Ali: RIP no. 2

Right Idea, Wrong No. 2



if you get my meaning...


Yeah, I think rip, #2 is more of a shart...
 
2010-01-13 12:13:53 PM
trappedspirit:
At least it will be useful then. Instead of an island you cant set foot on.

Wut?
 
2010-01-13 12:14:06 PM
pandabear: Being #2 for al Qaeda is almost as bad as being the piano player for the Grateful Dead.

or Darth Vader's admiral
 
2010-01-13 12:14:31 PM
Came for "The Prisoner" reference. Leaving satisfied.

/Be seeing you!
 
2010-01-13 12:17:23 PM
For everyone who DRTFA:

He's not Al Qaeda's #2. He's a cell leader, and maybe not even an Al Qaeda cell leader.

/but I still see what you did there, subby
 
2010-01-13 12:17:37 PM
Dances-With-Lobster: I'd recommend everyone learn a little bit about Socotra Island

Hey, those are dragon trees! They have red sap. It's a message from Jebus to America. Go and spill the infidels blood on these holy lands! It's not a crusade, really.

/It's more about the black gold than the red saps
 
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