By lex, on April 10th, 2008
From the perspective of your dedicated al Qaeda jihadi, hiding in a cave in the Waziristan wilderness picking rock ticks out of your beard has its ups and and it has its downs. On the up-side, and while the living accommodations admittedly leave something to be desired, the fact that you’re living in stone age conditions, cut off from all humanity and unable to do much kufr-killin’ while quivering in impotent fear does drastically reduce the number of Hellfire missiles fired from MQ-9′s you have to eat.
On the downside, the potential for catching a potentially nasty bug that no one has the technology to cure leaves you vulnerable to certain consequences:
Al-Qaeda’s chief operational planner is believed to have died late last year in a remote part of Pakistan after contracting a fatal illness, a U.S. counterterrorism official said Wednesday.
The official said there was “strong evidence to suggest” that Abu Obaidah al-Masri, an Egyptian native suspected of overseeing the London transit bombings in 2005 and the failed transatlantic airliner plot a year later, died in December of hepatitis.
We’ll take it that way too.
Alpha Mike Foxtrot.