Years ago, the headlines might have featured a soldier, maybe a fighter pilot, daringly taking out the leader of terror cell intent on killing Americans. This theme dominates the hit series 24 and its hero, Jack Bauer. But the actual headline today about fighting bad guys features a robot as the central figure:
"There are strong indications that senior al Qaeda operations planner Saleh al-Somali has died," a senior U.S. official told ABC News.
Al-Somali was believed killed in a drone strike Tuesday that likely was part of the CIA's continuing program that uses armed Predator drones to target al Qaeda terrorists operating along the lawless tribal areas of western Pakistan that border Afghanistan.