Al Qaeda Fears U.S. Strikes in Pakistan
10:25 AM, Jul 10, 2009 • By BILL ROGGIO
The Bagram Four:
While many here in the West wring their hands over the effectiveness of the U.S. Predator airstrikes against al Qaeda and Taliban camps in Pakistan, al Qaeda apparently is living in terror of U.S. airpower, according to a book released by Abu Yahya al Libi:
The tone of Abu Yahya al Libi's statements is remarkable, as he is a senior leader and ideologue for the group. Yahya sits on al Qaeda's senior most religious shura, or council. He is known for his fiery oratory and is well respected in the organization. Yahya is one of four al Qaeda members to escape from Bagram prison back in the summer of 2005. Two of his fellow escapees have been killed and another has been captured since the 2005 escape. This spring, the U.S. placed a $5 million bounty on Yahya's head. His statements are often echoed by Ayman al Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden.
While critics of the Predator campaign in Pakistan claim the strikes only create enemies, one of al Qaeda's most influential leaders says differently. We may be wise to listen what al Qaeda thinks about these strikes.