The Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden’s enclave ended up netting a trove of computer documents that may lead troops to al Qaeda’s second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri:
The hidden trophy of Sunday’s raid: The JSOC team captured intelligence materials from the compound that might reveal the location of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the organization’s new commander. “That’s where we’re going next,” says one U.S. official involved in planning the operation.
While announcing where you’re going next in the Washington Post may not be the stealthiest strategy, it’s great news that the military is on Zawahiri’s trail. With bin Laden’s death, officials say that al Qaeda is now at a tipping point. The quick assassination of the terror mastermind’s likely successor could be the final blow needed to collapse the organization.