LIKE BEING the keyboard player in a fading Sixties musical act, being Number 2 in Al Qaeda appears to have a very short shelf life. Just ask Osama bin Laden's protege. The departed terror master adored young Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. born Islamic militant cleric who became Keith to the terror master's Mick. A computer whiz who spoke fluent English, he was destined for big things in the Terror Boy's Club. No more. He got whacked in the mountains of Yemen early Friday. Few details were available other than a confirmation he was dead. It's believed Al-Awaki's convoy was hit by a double drone and jet attack from U.S. forces. Ayman al-Zawahri, bin Laden’s no fun successor, carries on playing the terror oldies circuit.
According to AP: Al-Awlaki, born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents, was believed to be key in turning Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen into what American officials have called the most significant and immediate threat to the Untied States. The branch, led by a Yemeni militant named Nasser al-Wahishi, plotted several failed attacks on U.S. soil — the botched Christmas 2009 attempt to blow up an American airliner heading to Detroit and a foiled 2010 attempt to main explosives to Chicago.