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So far, June has been the worst of months for the terrorist association al-Qaeda. First the Pakistanis kill a tribal leader, one of their allies in Waziristan. Now over this weekend, two more AQ leaders have gone on to their 72 virgins (or white raisins of wisdom, take your pick). Saudi terrorist chief Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin's death after the beheading of American Paul Johnson is considered a "major blow" to AQ's network in the Saudi kingdom, according to CNN:
"A major blow" has been dealt to al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia with the killing of four of its top leaders in the kingdom, Saudi foreign policy adviser Adel al-Jubeir said Saturday.
Among the dead is Abdel Aziz al-Muqrin, the nation's most-wanted militant and the self-proclaimed leader of al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Al-Muqrin claimed responsibility for the beheading of U.S. hostage Paul Johnson Jr.
CNN also reports that al-Qaeda has selected a new terror chief for Saudi Arabia, Saleh al-Oufi, but the new honcho will inherit a degraded network and bring less experience and talent to the position:
Al-Oufi, a former prison guard, holds the number five spot on Saudi Arabia's list of 26 most wanted terrorists, although Saudi security sources told CNN that he lacks some of the operational experience of al-Muqrin, who was killed in a shoot-out with Saudi security after the murder of American hostage Paul Johnson. ... On the Web site Saturday, the group vowed to continue to fight "jihad" as it has "promised God," and said the killing of its "brothers" will make the group "stronger."
Algerian forces have helped to make al-Qaeda stronger there as well by killing off the leader of their largest radical Islamist group:
The leader of Algeria's largest Muslim radical group, linked to al-Qae'da, has been killed by the armed forces, according to state television.
Nabil Sahrawi, leader of Sahrawi, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, was reportedly shot dead along with four other senior militants in the Bejaia area, east of the capital Algiers, on Friday.
Has anyone else noticed that we seem to be winning this war? Our partners in the war on Islamofascism have now eliminated the senior leadership of two major terror networks. Why are we not seeing this progress reported as such in the major newspapers? It would be the equivalent of the Allies beating Rommel in North Africa, and having that news reported in the back of the news section behind stories about homeless Tripolites and analyses of Fascism as the "philosophy of peace".
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