May 31st, 2010
09:09 PM ET

Group: Al Qaeda says top leader in Afghanistan dies

Al Qaeda says its No. 3 man and commander of its operations in Afghanistan has died, according to a group that monitors Islamist websites.

Al Qaeda announced the death of Mustafa Abu Yazid in a message posted on such websites on Monday, the Maryland-based SITE Intelligence Group said. While the message didn't detail the circumstances of Yazid's death, it did say his wife, three of his daughters, a granddaughter and others were killed, according to SITE.

Yazid, an Egyptian national, is believed to be a financial manager for al Qaeda, as well as a co-founder of the terrorist group, according to SITE.

In the past, Yazid has made numerous statements on jihadist websites and in video releases from al Qaeda's media arm, al Sahab.

Most recently, he announced that Al Qaeda took responsibility for a December 30 attack on a base in eastern Afghanistan that killed seven CIA officers and consultants and a Jordanian army captain. He said the attack avenged the death of Baitullah Mehsud, leader of the Taliban in Pakistan who was killed in a missile strike last August, and al Qaeda operatives Saleh al-Somali and Abdullah al-Libi.


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  1. Albert Friday

    The news is great, but there is fifty more terrorist to take his place. They are fighting this war for reasons that we in the West can’t comprehend. A solution needs to be found that will end this terror.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art H

      Sorry, you are wrong. The top run of their leadership are already almost entirely decimated by the highly successful drone program. The 2nd rung of their leadership are also almost entirely wiped out. The current fellows manning the till are far less experienced and far more brutal to the local populace and thus are easier to take out. There are no "fifty more" to take their place.....their numbers are seriously thinning and allowing the local tribal elders to come back to the fore from under the thumbs of these thugs.

      May 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • ap

        I think thats wishful thinking...the reality is this war is dragging on years after bush announced it was over...and there is no end in sight.. you might be right, there probably isnt 50 people right now willing to step into his place..but maybe next year, maybe the year after, some 15-16 year old afghan or iraqi boy who's had his entire family blown up or shot point blank will step into their shoes... sad reality... there is no winner here.. and no end in sight...

        May 31, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Beachcomber

    May he burn in Hell forever. Now, who's next?

    May 31, 2010 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bvilleyellowdog

    This is a hopeless war. Killing off one leader accomplishes nothing. 3/4 or more of the Afghani people are behind the Taliban. They defeated the Brits, they defeated the Russians, we need to declare "victory" and leave now.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art H

      The highly effective drone program has decimated the top leadership and even the 2nd rung leadership of the Taliban in the Af-Pak theater. The fellows who are currently at the helm are FAR less experienced and are prone to make a lot of mistakes that their predecessors did not.

      Even though the jihadis want us to "declare victory and leave", I say we need to expand the program a 100-fold and take out these beggars one by one, so that the common people in the region (men, women and children) can have a better life that these beggars are actively denying them, with their pan-islamist agenda.

      May 31, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. i.P. Freely

    #4...it looks like your up to bat!

    May 31, 2010 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. McBears

    thats one less potential welfare recipient here in Brooklyn NY

    May 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Reasonable

    How did they die? Drone attack? Why did we not "Arrest" him and his brood?

    May 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Art H

      Drone attack....

      May 31, 2010 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      They should really arrest the creep who operated the drone that murdered him,but they won't.JFK once said that life is not fair and certainly rings true in this case.These right-wing morons who keep bragging about what a great job these drones are doing really turn my stomach upside down!

      June 1, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        "turn your stomach upside down" sounds like its happened already, you are talking out of your a**

        June 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • MAC

        Oh yes the "great" JFK who by the way history has revealed to have been an idiot. He also started us down the path into Nam yet you people laud him to the sky.

        You talk about right wing thugs – Kennedy and Johnson have much blood on their hands also. The left side is not and has never been any better than the right. Grow up.

        June 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • Steve

        Onesmallvoice... You're getting a bit ridiculous with this "right-wing" crap that you spew every post that you make. As I've stated (and you've ignored) several times in previous posts... where is this "right-wing" stuff when the White House and both houses of Congress are run by "left-wingers"?

        June 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jean

    I wonder how they will feel when they meet muhammed in hell. Rolling over and burning together. Trust me, there are no virgins in hell.

    May 31, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr Fase

    haha. great memorial day gift; dead co-founder / treasurer of al qaida

    May 31, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Onesmallvoice

    Another field day for the right-wing thugs in Washington and all these right-wing morons who keep blogging in here to spew their incesant hatred!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      yeah lets send them some flowers

      May 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      onesmallvoice... yeah let's just ask them nicely not to attack us. MAYBE THAT WILL WORK LOLZ

      June 1, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Hello Anabel!

      June 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whackem All

      Why is it when posters here post a negative, they are right wing whackos, but you can "spew" your "incessant hatred" for them,and it is just another post? Ha. What a simpleton.

      June 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • MAC

      Onesmallvoice: You mean much like the vitriol you spew incessantly. You're a drone – right wing this right wing that – your atypical redundant commentary is boring. Grow a brain, get an education and for crying out loud learn to spell.

      June 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette,IN

      I ask you onesmallvoice , if we are showing all this hatred but do nothing to harm these Islamic extremists and with their hatred towards us, plan and carry out attacks with the intent to kill as many westerners as possible why do you always call us insensitive and say nothing aginst these cold blooded killers? Do you favor their hatred towards us? Why do you not speak of their hatred! It is after all where the hatred had begun, when they began their terrorist attacks against the western world because they want to rid the world from infidels! Just like you unless you believe in the same things they do! You also will be judged and you better pray that it is by Jesus and not the Father!

      June 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ArtPickasso

    Say hello to your Muhammad when you get to Jahannam (hell).

    May 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dona

      hey artpickasso,what do you know about mohammed pbuh,seems like you dont have respect for anybody,you should go live in a jungle,you illiterate idiot,what would you do if someone invades your house and says my great great grand father once lived here,thets exactely what the israelis are telling the palastineans,you take someones land you cant live in peace,jews are barred from having a homeland,God exiled them from israel,israel do not exist anymore

      June 2, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        You have a lot to say for your self, none of which is relevant...

        June 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        dona, you and most of the Arabs in the middle-east have no compassion for the Jews and I bet that your grandfathers were happy when they found out 6 million Jews were murdered. The Arabs own at least 90% of the land in the middle-east, they surely can be compassionate enough to allow Israel to live in the promised land, but your hatred and racism will not allow you to live side by side with the Jews! There would be peace if you all could show a little compassion!

        June 6, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bob baroo

    I hope he finds out his 76 virgins are goats!! ROFLMAO

    May 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whackem All

      They already do goats and camels. In hell it would be pigs for them. Or maybe their wives with their faces uncovered.

      June 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ed

    Fortunately, I do not share the beliefs of th eMuslim religion, so whether he died a martyr is up for discussion. With one al Qaeda operative turning himself in to Morroccan autharities, it may signify some significant deterioration in the al Qaida hierarchy.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Wallace B. Nola

    It is a wonder that barbarism exists in such plenitude in one of the most civilized countries in the world.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bob baroo

    God bless our troops.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. aen

    one down, two to go. we will not rest until victory.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. george dorman

    might be like whack a mole alright, but as long as they keep sticking their heads up we should just keep on whackin em

    May 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bill O really

    And fries!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Bill O really

    I had a hamburger today..

    May 31, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Al

    Welcome to hell: Mustafa Abu al-Yazid
    There is a special place in here just for you with the most awful stench, rotting flesh, and just plain nastyness. This is the hell equivalent to the "High Roller" rooms in Vegas. Enjoy the rest of eternity rotting is this place made especially for you!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kyle

    I hope it wasn't a quick and painless death. I hope he suffered.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Arkat

    No 76 virgins for you!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Todd

    Good riddance A hole hope the virgins are worth it... Dick

    May 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  23. funnyman

    I wonder if he was caught between Iraq and a hard place?

    May 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  24. kiki kaka

    Everyone will die anyway sooner or later and how you die, weather you are a good person or a bad person, all dies. No commend????

    May 31, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      I "commend" you on your poor English. Good job.

      May 31, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  25. KB

    Wow, what a great article.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Matt

    So those other 19 times this guy was reportedly killed weren't real. This is the real thing this time? I somehow doubt that...

    May 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Dawn

    Al Qaeda or the taliban are always saying some leader has died. Then they show up 3 months later. I'll believe it when I see it. Hope he did die. A perfect day for it.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Brat

    Enjoy Hell!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. David

    Hey, things are lookin up! This war has been going on so long that Al Qaeda leaders are starting to die off from old age. Maybe they can start pulling troops out now.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Yup...old age. And he took a few relatives with him. I guess it was spontaneous combustion maybe?

      May 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Doug M.

    Another "leader" will soon take his place. It's wack a mole over there.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff Thomas

      whack-a-mole.... seriously love that game!!!!!

      May 31, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • captdino

        Whack-them-all

        May 31, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Joe

    Oh I see! The Al Qaeda leader died? Am I sad? Hmmmmm.... let me think ...............hmmmmmmmmmm.... I just finished thinking about it!

    No I ain't sad at all!

    May 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • p

      now that was just dumb! was that ought to be even funny?

      May 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Ken Dixon

    Wonderful news, I hope it was a Hellfire missile and he was surrounded by his closest lieutenants when it happened.

    May 31, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fr. Phil

      Violence only breads violence...we desperately need to find a way to end the cycle of violent hatred...let us pray that humanity can find the path as Jesus did...

      May 31, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • paul

        keep dreaming

        May 31, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Staunch

        Yes, you may be correct! Let THEM absolutely stop their cycle of violence. That will get it all to stop.

        May 31, 2010 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dustin

        Breaded violence? Sounds DELICIOUS! I wonder if you could BREED that stuff... As for finding "the path", that's a VERY close phrasing to "the way" which translates in Arabic into "al Qaeda"... I'm absolutely a Christian myself, but you have to understand that there are times when war is absolutely justified in the Bible. Is that supposed to be an Old Testament only thing with no coorelation to today's world?

        May 31, 2010 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom

        @Fr. Phil: "Violence only breads violence..." If you become literate, then perhaps you will be taken seriously. Until then, Jesus and I pray you stick to your meds and stay in school.

        May 31, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gray

        To say that nothing is worth fighting over is to say that there is nothing worth fighting for.

        May 31, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • jc

        It's true; as Gandhi said, an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind... I don't personally know any of the Afghan people (or Al Qaeda people) who are being killed by US soldiers as commanded by those put in charge by the US government. My guess is that neither do many of you. One can hardly tell what the real news is through all the propaganda. This is going on thousands of miles away; we don't know any of these people! So many lives are being systematically destroyed. The US government has been trying the violence tactic for as long as it's been around. And it's no surprise. As a Christian, I know that violence was once a way of getting things done for God's people. But that ended with Jesus. You can name any number of instances during which Christ would have been justified in leading a violent insurrection. He never did. He went straight to the cross; so did many of his true followers. I know that, given time, people will twist and pervert any set of beliefs. Given 2000 or so years, or even less, it has happened to Christianity. But Jesus brought a new, nonviolent way. He loved. He lost his life. He never killed, even when killing made sense. I repeat: even when killing made sense.
        I suppose I can't expect any earthly power or government to see that. That's one reason that I'm anarchist.

        We should be loving each other, not killing each other. This is all directed at myself as much as anyone else. But I think that this principle hasn't really been tried much in 2000 years; we would do well to adhere. And if we die trying to love, better that than killing.... be it for patriotism, family, land, resources, or anything else under the sun. There are a few things in this world worth dying for – but nothing worth killing for.

        May 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tony Sony

        Frere Phil...seems you're living on another planet , in another era – wake up

        June 2, 2010 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Patience

      Did you read the article? His family was around him. His wife, daughters and a granddaughter. Is this how America fights their wars? Kill entire families? How come is this not terrorism. I agree the guy was a terrorist, but not his family? Maybe this is why so many of them want to kill Americans because we are killing innocent civilians along with the terrorists.

      June 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jerry

        The report of his death came from al quaida, i am prepared to accept their word that he was killed but nothing else. I am surprised however they didn't report that he only went home for his daughters wedding.

        June 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • Onesmallvoice

        I'm afraid you're right.It seems this has indeed become the way America fights it's wars.What's most sickening is how we lambast the Taliban for fighting cowardly and yet we're slaughtering people like cattle with our dastardly drones.How revolting!!!

        June 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        Yazid had put his family in danger by becoming a terrorist and planing attacks against the western world and his family obviously knew that he was an extreme radical Islamic terrorist and should not have associated with him unless their views were the same, that all infidels must convert or die and that Islam would rule the world someday! Ask all jihadists and they will tell you the same! Many Muslims also feel that this is true! I believe that Islam must go through a reformation and declare these militant Islamists enemies of Islam and all Muslims call for a fatwa against these Islamic terrorists!

        June 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        As I said onetinyvoice, if you and your family were confronted with a crazed killer would you fight to protect youself and your family or would you try and talk him out of it when he is intent on killing everybody! Truly I don't care how you answer that but one thing is for sure there are brave men and women not only on our streets but throughout the world trying to kill or capture these maniacs before they might do you or your family any harm AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY GRATEFUL TO THEM NO MATTER WHAT THEY USE TO STOP THESE KIND OF ANIMALS!

        June 1, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tony Sony

        Patience – you are absolutely right – the chap should have been politely invited to join the american forces and taken away to a prison where he could play cards , be fed , and plan other terrorist attacks . With your mentality Europe today would be either a nazi continent or a communist one . The world in general and you in particular ( if you're American ) should be proud and glad that America exists and do the job that many other countries are not ready to do .God bless America ( no , America is not my country )

        June 2, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
      • raymond

        Family or not thats what happens when you'r a dirtbag now they can all meat Allah. Good job.

        June 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • Canine Merc

        Ok, I have been in Afghanistan for a year now. So I know first hand. It is a shame that his family was killed, but in my experience every Afghan is guilty of something when it comes to the war over here. I can't tell you how many times we ask the locals if they know of any Taliban activity in the area and they say no. Then we either find an IED or get ambushed. Plus, they don't care if kids get hurt. I have seen them use women and kids as shields. Do you think they would care if they killed our women and children? I blame the media for the the state of the war and how long it has gone on. If the media wasn't here the job would have been done a long time ago. Don't defend Afghan's, they are never innocent!

        June 4, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |