The Worst Job at Al Qaeda

Friday, June 04, 2010


This week U.S. officials announced that they’d killed Al Qaeda’s number three operative, who went by the nom de querre Sheikh Saeed al-Masri. The U.S. military has a seemingly impressive record of eliminating #3s - some argue it's been done ten times. So what gives? Slate columnist Timothy Noah and Al Qaeda expert Jarret Brachman weigh in.

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Comments [2]

Peter Freeborn from Houston

it is spelled "Nom de Guerre" not "nom de querre". French for name of war

Jun. 10 2010 01:59 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

Ah, come on! You never watched The Prisoner? A new No. 2 disappeared every episode.

Now, with No. 1 and No. 2 joined at the hip (reminds me of the Corbomite Maneuver where a funny looking little guy needs a scary looking, tall dummy to front for him), No. 3 is Al Qaida's effective No. 2, so...

Jun. 09 2010 03:55 PM

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