Has He Snuffed It?

by Joshua Foust on 9/30/2009 · 2 comments

“Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.” Amen.

Amen, indeed. So has Tohir Yuldashev, as his bodyguard insists, been killed by a flying American robot? There is no official IMU claim this is so, nor is there any evidence. And there’s something of a cycle to how many times we’ve killed him off, as well.

Considering the supposedly more active role of IMU fighters in Waziristan, this could be good news, though probably not game-changing news: recall the IMU didn’t exactly vanish after Juma died near Mazar=i Sharif in 2001, though the IMU was hampered for some time.

So let’s see if this actually happened. Then we can decide whether or not it warrants corking some champagne.


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Ahad Abdurahmon September 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Some people get more dangerious after they actually die. So, Yoldash’s death might cause more consolidation within IMU and more intense propoganda of self-sacrifice (a la, Yoldash himself gave his life on this cause).

Michael Hancock October 4, 2009 at 5:18 pm

“He is dead beyond doubt.” See? Pakistani military says so!

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