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Not So Fond Farewells, Remembering Terrorist That Were Killed In 2011

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As one year comes to an end and a new year is about to unfold we must take a look back at the individuals whose lives and evil deeds changed ours. Below is a fairly extensive but partial list of significant terrorists killed in the year, 2011:

Osama bin Laden was al-Qaeda’s leader, and he mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil.

Anwar al-Awlaki an the American-born jihadist cleric and recruiter, called by many “bin Laden of the Internet. He rose to become lead figure in Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader

Atiyah Abd al-Rahman was a Libyan national that allegedly took on a leadership role in al-Qaeda after the September 11, 2001, hijackings.

Dangerous al-Qaeda commanders: Ilyas Kashmiri, Ammar al-Waili, Abu al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan

 Harun Fazul was a senior of al-Qaeda in East Africa (AQEA). His death dealt a significant blow to al-Qaeda’s operations in the area.


Baitullah Mahsud the leader of Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan. He was said to be responsible for the growth of the militant group in his country and accused of various high profile attacks

Noordin Muhammad Top was Jemayah Islamiya’s operational planner and was suspected of involvement in a string of bomb attacks in Indonesia.

 Saleh Ali Saleh Nabban was an al-Qaeda’s East Africa (AQEA) planner and the alleged ringleader of a cell responsible for the 2002 bombing of an Israeli hotel on the Kenyan coast, and the 1998 attacks on two American embassies in East Africa.

Al-Qaeda operational commanders: Saleh al-Somali, and ‘Abdallah Sa’id

Muhammad Haqqani was a Haqqani network commander.

 Qari Zafar was a leader of the al-Qaeda and Taliban-linked Fedayeen-i-Islam. He was allegedly behind multiple terror attacks in Pakistan and was wanted by the US for murdering a consular official in Karachi.


Hussein al-Yemeni was a al-Qaeda operative. He allegedly played a key role in the 2009 bombing of a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) post in Afghanistan.

 Dulmatin was a senior Jemayah Islamiya operative. In 2002 he allegedly helped organize the murder of 202 people on Bali.   

 Al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders:  Abu Ayyub al Masri and Abu Omar al-Baghdadi

 Sheik Saeed al-Masri was al-Qaeda’s number three commander, and the group's chief operating officer.

 Hamza al-Jawfi was believed to have been al-Qaeda external operations chief and chief weapons procurer.

 Consider that although as evidenced above, great strides have been made. But the war on terror is likely to be an extremely long-term endeavor. It will require not only the elimination of extremists, the prevention of terrorist acts but also the eradication of an ideology that continues to breed radical individuals like the ones mentioned above, which will test the tenacity, resourcefulness and will of counter-terrorism personnel.




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