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Abu Khabab al-Masri Killed in Pakistan Strike

The strike on the compound in Damadola, Pakistan, where Ayman al-Zawahiri. al-Qaeda’s number two in Command, was believed to be attending a dinner to celebrate a Mulslim holiday, has netted at least one high-level al-Qaeda operative. Pakistani intelligence has confirmed that Abu Khabab al-Masri, al-Qaeda’s chief bomb maker and chemical weapons expert. Counterterrism expert Dan Darling reported that Masri ran al-Qaeda’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Program, known as “Project al-Zabadi” and was likely involved in the foiled Amman WMD attack.

After the U.S. ejected the Taliban from power in Afghanistan, Masri’s training camps were discovered.Tapes were discovered and the results of Masri’s experiments were aired on CNN.

Masri had a $5 million dollar bounty on his head. The Rewards For Justice program lists Masri’s resume:

Midhat Mursi al-Sayid ‘Umar AKA Abu Khabab al-Masri, is an explosives expert and poisons trainer working on behalf of al Qaeda. He operated a terrorist training camp at Derunta, Afghanistan where he provided hundreds of mujahidin with hands on poisons and explosives training. Since 1999, he has proliferated training manuals that contain recipes for crude chemical and biological weapons. Some of these training manuals were recovered by U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Masri also was a close associate of Nasar Mustafa Setmariam [AKA Abu Musab al-Suri]; “Nasar worked closely with Midhat Mursi al-Sayid ‘Umar (a.k.a. Abu Khabab al-Masri) to train extremists in poisons and chemical during his time in Afghanistan, and was also involved in training at the al-Ghuraba terrorist camp.” al-Suri was recently captured in Pakistan, and was chief ideologue and leader of al-Qaeda in Europe.

It is indisputable that Abu Khabab al-Masri was a high level al-Qaeda operative and leader, and a dangerous man with intimate knowledge of explosives and al-Qaeda’s WMD program. Claims the airstrike in Damadola only killed innocent villagers can now be laid to rest.

More at the Counterterrorism Blog.

[TW Note: The picture formerly included above was not Abu Khabab. It was erroneously reported as such on the Rewards for Justice site.]

Reference

Listed below are links that reference Abu Khabab al-Masri Killed in Pakistan Strike:

» Missed al-Zawahiri, Got al-Masri from bRight & Early
ABC News is reporting that at least one of those killed in the bombing in Pakistan was an al Qaeda bomb maker and chemical weapons expert with a $5 million reward for his capture. Midhat Mursi, 52, also known as Abu Khabab al-Masri, was identified by... [Read More]

» High Value Targets from ThreatsWatch: Multimedia
High Value Targets killed or captured in Pakistan - a flash presentation. [Read More]

» U.S. Missile Strike Killed Al-Qaeda's Chief Bomb M from Martin's Musings
In addition to al-Masri, at least three other insurgents were killed in the strike. [Read More]

» Key Jihadi Killed In Pakistan Attack from Small Town Veteran
See my previous related post here.) ... Bill Roggio and Andrew Cochran have more. In Mr. Roggio's words "Claims the airstrike in Damadola only killed innocent villagers can now be laid to rest." [Read More]