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Monday, August 01, 2022

The United States killed Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a drone strike over the weekend, two people briefed on the operation told POLITICO.

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Where's Onanaut bemoaning this horror?

#1 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-01 06:36 PM | Reply

Good.

#2 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-08-01 06:45 PM | Reply

We finally got him?????

#3 | Posted by Tor at 2022-08-01 07:21 PM | Reply

We're still doing this ----? Trump's vanilla ISIS cult is a bigger threat to our country than old fashioned muslim al quaeda.

Obama's biggest mistake was not punishing the bankers who crashed the economy.

His second biggest mistake was not ending the "war on terror" after we killed Bin Laden. We could have just said "we made our point. you attack us we wont stop til you're dead" and gone home.

How long are we going to continue spending billions on finding and killing every muslim who hates america?

We need those resources to focus on the real threats - fascists in our midst.

#4 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-01 07:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Seems like every time we hear "there were no civilian casualties" they come back a few weeks later and so "ok maybe there were a few"

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-01 07:24 PM | Reply

We can't drone strike fascists in our midst. Drones are CIA tools and we have to use them to justify the cost. An idle drone is an expensive drone. John Q. Public likes it when we vaporize a muslim that hates America. It's a POTUS poll number booster.

#6 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-08-01 07:27 PM | Reply

#5

What's a wedding party or a birthday party when we can deplete a couple armaments. Gotta keep the inventory orders flowing. It's nothing personal. It's business and the business of America is business.

#7 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-08-01 07:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What's a wedding party or a birthday party when we can deplete a couple armaments. Gotta keep the inventory orders flowing. It's nothing personal. It's business and the business of America is business.

#7 | POSTED BY LEE_THE_AGENT

That's what Ukraine is for.
How long are we going to continue spending billions on finding and killing every muslim who hates america?
Until morale improves

We need those resources to focus on the real threats - fascists in our midst.
#4 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

The real threat is China.

#8 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 07:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Nobody is safe.

#9 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-08-01 07:41 PM | Reply

I think rein actually beat the clock on this one...

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-01 07:53 PM | Reply

When this was on the back page #1 said "Let's go Brandon". Odd.

#11 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2022-08-01 08:01 PM | Reply

Oh and job well done.

#12 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2022-08-01 08:03 PM | Reply

Re #11 there are two threads about this, here is the #1 post on the other thread. Never mind...

Let's go Brandon!!
#1 | POSTED BY REINHEITSGEBOT AT 2022-08-01 05:51 PM

#13 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2022-08-01 08:10 PM | Reply

Re #11 there are two threads about this

Well, duh.

#14 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-01 08:14 PM | Reply

www.youtube.com

#15 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-01 08:19 PM | Reply

Obama and Biden are now 2 for 2.

#16 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2022-08-01 08:27 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The Taliban signed an agreement not to house al-Zawahri... which is of course who was housing him in a nice neighborhood in Kabul. Him and his patio were taken out.

21 year manhunt of still active terrorist group leader over.

#17 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-01 08:33 PM | Reply

btw... He's the "religious" nutjob who convinced bin Laden and others that it was A OK to kill fellow Muslims, which was a big no-no... who were, he told them, just pawns of the West... that there was no need to win the argument with right when might was available, no matter that they were brother Muslims.

#18 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-01 08:38 PM | Reply

The real threat is China.

#8 | Posted by oneironaut

China never tried to overthrow our democracy. Your cult has the honor of being the only group to ever attempt that.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-01 08:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Rumor has it Ayman al Zawahri has been dead for sometime.

China never tried to overthrow our democracy.

It is as we speak, Biden removing the DOJ's from going after them has made it worse.
americanmilitarynews.com

All because you imagine Trump is the worst thing to happen to us .. buckle up buttercup.

Your cult has the honor of being the only group to ever attempt that.

My cult? The Splitters? BernieBros?

Not sure what relation I have to J6, I am only for #OpenBorders, #DefundPolice, #NationalHealthcare, equal justice for all.

Is that something YOUR cult is against? I forgot, anyone not inline with the Lumpers comprehensive overhaul, are wary of people, even potential allies, who don't share this synoptic worldview. You just put everyone in your nice little box and call the NAZI's

#20 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 09:01 PM | Reply


Obama and Biden are now 2 for 2.
#16 | POSTED BY AMERICANUNITY

If you don't count water boys.

#21 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 09:02 PM | Reply

Don't fret, IAMRUNT. No one is going to take the death of Ashli Babbitt away from you MAGAts.

#22 | Posted by Reinheitsgebot at 2022-08-01 09:05 PM | Reply

#19

Cult blah blah blah. Woefully ignorant of history.

#23 | Posted by willowby at 2022-08-01 09:12 PM | Reply

#19
Cult blah blah blah. Woefully ignorant of history.

#23 | POSTED BY WILLOWBY

I sometimes forget you think January 6 was actually ANTIFA and Donald Trump is still somehow president.

What magical retelling of history do you have for us today, my dear QAnon Incel?

#24 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-08-01 09:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

All because you imagine Trump is the worst thing to happen to us .. buckle up buttercup.

Your cult has the honor of being the only group to ever attempt that.

My cult? The Splitters? BernieBros?

Not sure what relation I have to J6, I am only for #OpenBorders, #DefundPolice, #NationalHealthcare, equal justice for all.
#20 | Posted by oneironaut

Trump IS the worst thing that could happen to us - an attack from within, fomenting a fascist uprising among our own citizens. A foreign attack is far better for the country that the cancer trump infected your party with.

Oh so you're pretending to be an insane liberal again today? Why didn't you make separate usernames for when you're being an insane liberal vs a proud maga moron? Too stupid?

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-01 09:23 PM | Reply

Cult blah blah blah. Woefully ignorant of history.

#23 | Posted by willowby

Woefully ignorant of reality. You're in a cult. Ask trump supporter Rusty Bowers about it. He can send you some of the death threats he received for testifying about your cult leader.

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-01 09:25 PM | Reply

Remember when Biden a said "Let's put this thing in perspective here. What interest do we have in Afghanistan at this point with al Qaeda gone? We went to Afghanistan for the express purpose of getting rid of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, as well as " as well as getting Osama bin Laden. And we did,"

Now they are back?

#27 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 09:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#25 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Of course I am insane liberal to someone in the Lumper cult.

Just call me a NAZI and get it over with.

Why didn't you make separate usernames for when you're being an insane liberal vs a proud maga moron? Too stupid?

I am a Splitter you are in the Lumper cult of the Progressives. Just accept your fate as a robot and non-thinking automaton.

#28 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 09:37 PM | Reply

You're in a cult.

Its all you have Speaks, call everyone that disagrees with you of being in a CULT.

You're the idiot that bought the Tesla, talk about others being in a cult, LOL.

#29 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 09:41 PM | Reply

I am a Splitter you are in the Lumper cult

Does anyone have any idea what this idiot is blathering about?

#30 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-01 09:43 PM | Reply

Trump IS the worst thing that could happen to us

Not yet, IMO all Clinton/Trump/Biden have been the worst thing to happen to us. Its not one party its the whole ------- machine, its ------ us, but go ahead and think your team aka cult, is the correct one.

Whats your take on the Pelosi/China situation? You do know Biden leaked her trip trying to stop it, right?

#31 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 09:44 PM | Reply

It sounds like IAMRUNT has been huffing horse paste again.

#32 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2022-08-01 09:44 PM | Reply


#30 | POSTED BY REDIAL

Hopefully you don't represent the teaching of evolution for the Canadian education system.

Calling me the idiot is D&K.

#33 | Posted by oneironaut at 2022-08-01 09:46 PM | Reply

"Whats your take on the Pelosi/China situation? You do know Biden leaked her trip trying to stop it, right?

#31 | POSTED BY ONEIRONAUT AT 2022-08-01 09:44 PM | REPLY"

Biden appears compromised by China.

Good on Pelosi for signaling she is going to push forward. It will be interesting to see if she follows through.

#34 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-01 09:48 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Cult blah blah blah. Woefully ignorant of history.
#23 | Posted by willowby

The only difference between ------- and Jim Jones is ------- would have charged for the kool-aid.

#35 | Posted by truthhurts at 2022-08-01 09:49 PM | Reply

"The only difference between ------- and Jim Jones is ------- would have charged for the kool-aid.

#35 | POSTED BY TRUTHHURTS AT 2022-08-01 09:49 PM"

He would have plagiarized the name "Hawaiian Punch" but changed it slightly by calling it "Hawaiian ------------" and would have made a fortune.

#36 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-01 09:58 PM | Reply

I am a Splitter you are in the Lumper cult
Does anyone have any idea what this idiot is blathering about?

#30 | POSTED BY REDIAL

I had to look it up.
From the Wikipedia article:
"A "lumper" is an individual who takes a gestalt view of a definition, and assigns examples broadly, assuming that differences are not as important as signature similarities. A "splitter" is an individual who takes precise definitions, and creates new categories to classify samples that differ in key ways."

Looks to me like somebody got bored of Atlas Shrugged and started reading or listening to the podcast of some fringe libertarian conspiracy theorist and is now trying to make it a thing here.

Regardless, at least it explains the moronic semantic arguments that only make sense if you literally make up what words mean in your own head on the spot.

#37 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-01 10:14 PM | Reply

...and is now trying to make it a thing here.

It's not working... but thanks for the info.

#38 | Posted by REDIAL at 2022-08-01 10:16 PM | Reply

#38

Yeah, I spent more time on that (5 minutes) than it was worth. Feeding the narcissists is worse than feeding the trolls...

#39 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-01 10:23 PM | Reply

I am a Splitter you are in the Lumper cult
Does anyone have any idea what this idiot is blathering about?

#30 | POSTED BY REDIAL

He snorted too much Ritalin.

#40 | Posted by Scotty at 2022-08-01 10:37 PM | Reply

Lemmee see here... Trumptidumped takes them golfing at his place... Biden snuffs them at theirs....hmmmmmmm

Biden is a b@d@$$

#41 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-08-01 11:10 PM | Reply

"Nobody's gotten to the bottom of 9/11, unfortunately." Donald Trump July 28 2022

#42 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2022-08-02 12:14 AM | Reply

I am a Splitter you are in the Lumper cult
Does anyone have any idea what this idiot is blathering about?

#30 | POSTED BY REDIAL AT 2022-08-01 09:43 PM | FLAG:

en.wikipedia.org

"Lumpers and splitters are opposing factions in any discipline that has to place individual examples into rigorously defined categories. The lumper"splitter problem occurs when there is the desire to create classifications and assign examples to them, for example schools of literature, biological taxa and so on. A "lumper" is an individual who takes a gestalt view of a definition, and assigns examples broadly, assuming that differences are not as important as signature similarities. A "splitter" is an individual who takes precise definitions, and creates new categories to classify samples that differ in key ways."

#43 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-08-02 09:01 AM | Reply

A Lumper says "All Republicans" or "All Democrats"

A Splitter would say, "This socialist, high tax capitalist, and neo-liberal alliance is odd."

#44 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2022-08-02 09:02 AM | Reply

Hellfire R9X.
Damn. That's a precise weapon!

#45 | Posted by YAV at 2022-08-02 09:05 AM | Reply

Murder by the state without a trial is not a problem unless Trump does it.

#46 | Posted by visitor_ at 2022-08-02 09:10 AM | Reply

#37 | POSTED BY CHUFFY

Also from Wiki:

Oneironautics (/'neron"tks/) refers to the ability to travel within a dream on a conscious basis. Such a traveler in a dream may be called an oneironaut.

#47 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2022-08-02 10:57 AM | Reply

Murder by the state without a trial is not a problem unless Trump does it.

#46 | POSTED BY VISITOR

Except Trump didn't do it. He had a chance to do it, but didn't recognize the name.

www.businessinsider.com

"Intelligence officials briefed Trump many times about senior terrorist figures the CIA wanted to track down and kill, specifically mentioning al-Zawahiri, but two people familiar with the briefings told NBC News that Trump chose not to pursue al-Zawahiri because he didn't recognize his name, and instead suggested targeting bin Laden's son, Hamza bin Laden."

"Despite intelligence assessments showing the greater dangers posed by Zawahiri ... and the unlikelihood Hamza was in the immediate line of succession, the president thought differently," the former CIA official Douglas London wrote in Just Security in 2020. He added that Trump's "obsession" with bin Laden's son "is one example of the president's preference for a 'celebrity' targeted killing versus prioritizing options that could prove better for US security."

#48 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2022-08-02 11:03 AM | Reply

Soleimani.

#49 | Posted by visitor_ at 2022-08-02 11:28 AM | Reply

Crisis actors got to crisis act.

#50 | Posted by visitor_ at 2022-08-02 12:19 PM | Reply

Killing Soleimani wasn't necessary. Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with targeting and taking out enemies of the U.S. But I think the Soleimani operation probably hurt us more than it helped us.

#51 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2022-08-02 12:53 PM | Reply

#51. Iran was isolated and weakened after that. They retained some traction when aBiden came into office and resumed his former boss's role of missing the mullah's asses.

#52 | Posted by BellRinger at 2022-08-02 01:11 PM | Reply

Its all you have Speaks, call everyone that disagrees with you of being in a CULT.

You're the idiot that bought the Tesla, talk about others being in a cult, LOL.

#29 | Posted by oneironaut

Youre jealous you can't afford one because you lost at life. If i was in a tesla cult, I'd be defending elon for going maga. Instead I dumped my stock and ordered a bmw with my gains. That's what thinking for yourself and having principles looks like.

You're in trump's maga cult and you have to pretend to support insane "liberal" ideas like defunding the police and opening the borders, in order to make liberals look bad. Because you can't find liberals who are actually that crazy, so you have to pretend to be one. Meanwhile liberals don't have to pretend ANYTHING to make your cult look crazy. We just have to put on video of 1/6.

#53 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-02 01:31 PM | Reply

Murder by the state without a trial is not a problem unless Trump does it.

#46 | Posted by visitor_

If trump did it fox news would be throwing him a ticker tape parade and putting him on mt rushmore and talking about how killing this guy was actually a bigger deal than killing bin laden. Instead they're scandalized by how awful it is that biden did this.

#54 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-02 01:32 PM | Reply

Biden appears compromised by China.

Good on Pelosi for signaling she is going to push forward. It will be interesting to see if she follows through.

#34 | Posted by BellRinger

Yeah we know how much you hate when a president is compromised by an adversary /s

#55 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-02 01:33 PM | Reply

#52

?? I don't believe Iran was weakened. The loss of their top general and a very effective leader was certainly significant. But if anything the assassination stiffened their anti-US resolve. Iran's political position has strengthened. And the likelihood of action against the US has increased.

Again, don't get me wrong. I'm not knocking it just because Trump did it. I don't think it was a good idea based on the long-range consequences.

www.politico.com

www.brookings.edu

#56 | Posted by El_Buscador at 2022-08-02 01:40 PM | Reply

"Intelligence officials briefed Trump many times about senior terrorist figures the CIA wanted to track down and kill, specifically mentioning al-Zawahiri, but two people familiar with the briefings told NBC News that Trump chose not to pursue al-Zawahiri because he didn't recognize his name"

Fat Donnie has the brains of a bowl of soup.

#57 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-02 01:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Trump chose not to pursue al-Zawahiri because he didn't recognize his name"

President very stable genius stuff right there along with releasing 5000 Taliban prisoners out of prison who then overthrew Afghanistan.

Brilliant. Just utter brilliant.

Man. Woman. Person. Camera. TV.

#58 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-08-02 02:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Qasem Soleimani was not a criminal. Setting him up and Murdering him was the act of criminals.

All Soleimani did was be an effective leader of a nation the US and Israel fear.

If Trump,or Pompeo, get whacked by the Iranians it's just justice being served.

#59 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-08-02 03:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

How The CIA's Hit On Terror Kingpin Zawahiri Went Down
www.thedrive.com

...Yesterday, President Joe Biden confirmed that the U.S. government carried out a drone strike that killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahiri at a safe house in Kabul. Readers can first get up to speed on the basics of the strike and Zawahiri in The War Zone's initial report here.

A senior Biden administration official provided additional granular about the strike and the planning that went into it at a separate press briefing that The War Zone attended yesterday. Other details have now emerged elsewhere, as well. ...


#60 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-02 03:28 PM | Reply

Apparently they used an "interesting" modification of the Hellfire missile.

"Al-Qaeda's Zawahiri likely killed by special Hellfire missiles with swords"

www.msn.com

"Social media images of the strike pointed to the hallmarks of a modified Hellfire called the R9X with six blades to damage targets, sources familiar with the weapon said. It is largely aimed at individual targets, such as militants in Syria.

The images showed windows destroyed on the second floor while the structure of the house remained intact despite being hit by Hellfires.

More than 29 entities have Hellfire missiles, but very little is acknowledged or publicly known about the modified version.

Officials believe the R9X is less likely to cause civilian casualties because instead of exploding, the missile cuts through targets with sharp blades."

#61 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-02 07:28 PM | Reply

Coward's weapon. An extrajudicial killing without honor. Fit for poltroons too afraid to face their enemies. The Taliban are Men if nothing else. This whole way of killing is -----------.

But it suits America and Israel to a tee.

#62 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2022-08-02 08:48 PM | Reply

" Coward's weapon. An extrajudicial killing without honor. "

Speaking of cowards, if Putin bombed Zelenskyy, you'd be claiming honor and bravery.

#63 | Posted by Danforth at 2022-08-02 08:58 PM | Reply

#43 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

More aptly:

Lumpers, "T**** is a traitor and a con artist, and his followers are basically in a death cult."
Splitters, "I voted for T**** twice because he's a patriot and a shrewd businessman. I do my own research."

#64 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-02 09:07 PM | Reply

Lumper: When your Jihad is cancelled by a regular Hellfire missile.
Splitter: When you reach Paradise thanks to a Hellfire R9x.

#65 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-02 09:13 PM | Reply

he Taliban are Men if nothing else. This whole way of killing is -----------.
But it suits America and Israel to a tee.

#62 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER AT 2022-08-02 08:48 PM | REPLY | FLAG:PPPPFFFFTTTTTT

Wellllllll bottom line dead is dead and he's dead. We are all heading there anyways. It was his destiny was to die like that. It was the circles he ran with. Rich fecks killing rich fecks for the good of us all blah blah blah

Silly pigs.

Yeah the manly way is face to face with box cutters hidden in books... grab some woman cut her throat and commandeer planes... or how about capturing a kid who wants to assist in a tragedy tying his hands behind his back and videotape your masked selves cutting his throat while he pleads for his life... ultimately beheading him and holding his head high like a trophy... Yeah real manly.

GFY incel

p.s. Obamacare is the law of the land. Use it and get yourself some help stupid pig.

#66 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-08-02 09:43 PM | Reply

Coward's weapon. An extrajudicial killing without honor. Fit for poltroons too afraid to face their enemies. The Taliban are Men if nothing else.

Yeah, using airliners full of civilians to do their dirty work is so honorable.

Live by the sword, die by the ginsu.

#67 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-08-03 11:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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