May 13 2009
Missed this blockbuster news:
Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, the most wanted terrorist after Osama bin Laden, with a $25 million bounty on his head, is holed up near Quetta, Pakistan, according to a highly placed Pakistani intelligence source.
Al-Zawahiri’s recent movements can be tracked with some specificity. He was positively identified in the North Waziristan Agency of Pakistan in June 2008, and the locations pinpointed where he conducted high-level meetings.
Subsequent U.S. drone attacks forced him to move to South Waziristan Agency in August 2008. Thereafter he moved south to Baluchistan and crossed into Afghanistan from the border city of Zhob. He returned to the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) sometime in December or January. A well-placed source in Pakistan’s intelligence service tells me that he may have relocated recently to somewhere outside of Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.
I am a little surprised this information is coming out. It is either some one talking out of school, or a way to get a certain high valued target to move. But if true, it would mean we probably have the guy nearly in our sites.