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Killing of Al Qaeda's No. 2 a hammer blow to weakening group [VIDEO]

The CIA has reportedly killed Al Qaeda's No. 2 Atiyah Abdul Rahman in a drone strike in Pakistan. His death comes as a massive blow to the terrorist group's central leadership.

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Afghans call for greater focus on Pakistan

Meanwhile, in Afghanistan there is increasing frustration that although the US invaded and continues to keep nearly 100,000 troops here in interest of stamping out Al Qaeda, yet another terror leader was found in Pakistan, not Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai has made repeated calls for the US to turn its attention to Pakistan to address the threat of terrorism.

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“After Osama and a lot of other Al Qaeda leaders were killed [in Pakistan], still America is here in Afghanistan,” said Saleh Mohammed Saleh, a member of the Afghan parliament from Kunar in an interview with the Monitor. “This makes the Afghans not trust anyone and be suspicious of the activities of America.”

Recent US victories against Al Qaeda

Coming closely on the heals of bin Laden’s death, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says that victory of Al Qaeda could be within reach if American forces can continue to keep pressure on the organization’s leadership.

Aside from bin Laden, this summer alone Al Qaeda also lost Ilyas Kashmiri, a senior Al Qaeda leader who helped plan the 2008 Mumbai attack and Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, the senior operative in East Africa who planned the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanazania.

“Now is the moment, following what happened with bin Laden, to put maximum pressure on them,” said Panetta in an Associated Press article. “I do believe that if we continue this effort we can really cripple Al Qaida as a major threat.”

Watch video reporting the suspected killing of Atiyah Abdul Rahman:


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