Alex Rodriguez | McClatchy-Tribune News Service
U.S.-led coalition troops battling Afghan Taliban insurgents have killed al-Qaida's second-in-command in Afghanistan in an air strike in the country's eastern province of Kunar, the coalition said Tuesday.
Over the last two years, the U.S. has steadily eroded al-Qaida's leadership ranks. U.S. drone missile strikes during that time period have killed at least 18 senior al-Qaida leaders and commanders, as well as several top Taliban commanders. The death of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in a secret U.S. commando raid in the Pakistani military city of Abbottabad in May 2011, was followed by a drone strike the next month that killed a top al-Qaida planner, Ilyas Kashmiri, in Pakistan's militant-infested tribal region along the Afghan border.
How does Al Qaeda find people for the number two slot? A really good dental plan? Not much use when you are most likely to end your position by being blown to smithereens. They must offer one hell of a severance package to your survivors if you take the job.