Score another one for the CIA and Predator UAV for killing an Al-Qaeda bomb maker in Pakistan. ABC News has this exclusive:
"A senior al Qaeda operative was killed by a missile fired from a CIA Predator aircraft on the Pakistani side of the remote area near the Afghan border earlier this week, U.S. intelligence officials told ABC News.
Haitham al-Yemeni, a native of Yemen known for his bomb-making skills, had been tracked for some time in the hope that he would help lead the United States to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, intelligence officials said. But with the recent capture in northwest Pakistan of Abu Faraj al-Libbi, thought to be al Qaeda's No. 3 man, officials worried al-Yemeni would soon go into hiding, and decided to take action."
Sounds like a good call. Capture the No. 3 man and then kill the bomb maker. Gary Schroen, former senior CIA agent and Author of "First In" said Sunday on Meet the Press he was hopeful that bin Laden would be found within 3 to 4 months:
"MR. SCHROEN: I think with the capture of Al-Libbi recently--gives some hope that the Pakistanis will cooperate if we put enough pressure on them, and maybe we end up doing it unilaterally but I think we're going to get him within the next three to four months.
MR. RUSSERT: Three to four months.
MR. SCHROEN: Well, that's my hope."
I pray he is right. However, this is good news on the Global War on Terror. Hopefully the Pakistanis will continue to prove helpful.