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I don't see how he could be considered a martyr in the eyes of Muslims.  Don't they have to die killing the enemy to receive that crown -- e.g., suicide bombers?

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 10:13:35 AM EST
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Bin Laden could be the first person in history martyred by diarrhea.

Do we know who the new Number Two is yet?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 10:28:30 AM EST
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Haven't we killed the al-Qaeda Number Two about fifty-five times now?

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 10:30:16 AM EST
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That is my point. He will be perceived as dying in battle - it doesn't especially matter how he really died.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 11:28:21 AM EST
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Yup.

Apparently, to the Bush administration, the counting numbers are 1, many, lots.

;-)

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 12:40:25 PM EST
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Isn't Ayman Al-Zawahiri still at large and a likely successor to OBL?

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. — Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 03:21:36 PM EST
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Yes, I would believe he is next in line both for being the nr 1 target and taking over the position as the "sheikh" of Al-Qaeda.  There are strong indications though that Al-Zawahiri has been running most of the operations almost from the start and that OBL have been more interested in the iconic part of being an Islamic leader.

Still I have to add that until more evidence is put forth I am sceptical to the accuracy of this alleged information.
 

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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 03:51:52 PM EST
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He should've been dead five years ago.  We've got the greatest military force in human history, yet, for some reason, we can't find this seven-foot-tall guy attached to a dialysis machine riding around the desert on a camel.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 04:38:43 PM EST
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LOL, yes you are quite right.

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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 04:53:22 PM EST
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I thought we killed him(?).  Or was that al-Zarqawi?  Or did we kill both?

I can't keep up anymore.  I just know that we seem to have killed the Number Two in al-Qaeda at least more than ten times.

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by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 04:35:24 PM EST
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Yes, that was Abu Musad Al-Zarqawi, the bogeyman in Iraq.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. — Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 04:39:09 PM EST
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It was the Al-Qaeda leader in Iraq Al-Zarqawi that was killed in a bombing raid by the US forces.  The US tried to kill Ayman Al-Zawahiri with a drone I believe some months ago when he was scheduled to visit a village bordering to Afghanistan, but allegedly managed to kill a number of civilian's instead.

Al-Zawahiri's terrorist activities started in Egypt as the founder and the leader of a militant splinter group from The Muslim Brotherhood called Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ).


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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Sat Sep 23rd, 2006 at 04:51:43 PM EST
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