What do you immediately think of when you read this:
A top leader of the Gulf drug cartel was killed during a two-hour gun battle with Mexican security forces in the border city of Matamoros, authorities said.
Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, known as “Tony Tormenta” or “Tony the Storm,” was killed in the shootout Friday, Mexican military officials said in a statement.
Something like this, maybe:
A recent drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal region killed one of al Qaeda’s top commanders, two Pakistani security officials told CNN Tuesday.
Sheikh Mohammad Fateh al Masri, described as the group’s senior operational commander, was killed in North Waziristan, one of the seven districts of the country’s volatile tribal region.
Only the names change, but the game goes on. Permanent war is permanent war.