Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The new face on intelligence-agency terror

(CNN) -- An Egyptian who was once a Special Forces officer has been appointed "caretaker" leader of al Qaeda in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death, according to a source with detailed knowledge of the group's inner workings.

Al Qaeda's interim leader is Saif al-Adel, who has long played a prominent role in the group, according to Noman Benotman. Benotman has known the al Qaeda leadership for more than two decades. He was once a leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a militant organization that used to be aligned with al Qaeda, but in recent years renounced al Qaeda's ideology.

Why did we kill bin Laden? Didn't it have something to do with discouraging terrorism? Well, with all that intelligence we got from his crib, Al Qaeda will be history in no time. You betcha.