Marines prepare for dinner party in Pakistan

Hopeful of an invitation to dinner with Ayman al-Zawahri, US Marines prepare Hors’ Dourves along the lines of what the society pages reported was apparently served last week in Pakistan.

The real caption reads:

U.S. Navy Sailors with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Six and U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Regiment stack ordnance found by an interpreter outside Barwana, Iraq, Jan. 15, 2006. DoD photo by Lance Cpl. Shane S. Keller, U.S. Marine Corps. (Released)

Pic from JCCC.

Meanwhile, that attack that missed Zawahri might have got Midhat Mursi:

Mursi, a 52-year-old Egyptian commonly known as Abu Khabab, ran a chemical and explosives training camp for terrorists in Derunta, Afghanistan, before the fall of the Taliban, officials said. The United States has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his death or capture.

A counterterrorism official said Abu Khabab “was thought to have been in the vicinity” when the missiles struck a compound in Damadola, Pakistan, Friday. Two officials said, however, that they “absolutely cannot confirm” that he was killed.

The U.S. network ABC News reported on its Web site that he was killed in the attack, quoting “Pakistani authorities.” However a number of Pakistani officials have told CNN they cannot confirm whether Abu Khabab was killed in the strike.

Even if we didn’t get him, the fact that we were close has got to rattle them a bit. Sure, they’ve grown used to being hunted men. But near-misses like this can also shake things up and possibly disrupt things.