December 21, 2014

US airstrike kill another senior Al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan

By Sadaf Shinwari - Mon Dec 10 2012, 9:03 am

A senior commander for Al Qaeda has been killed in an American drone strike in North Waziristan, the restive tribal area along the border with Afghanistan, Pakistani security officials said Sunday.

Muhammad Ahmed al Mansoor was among four suspected militants killed in the drone strike that took place in Tabai, a village in the Ghulam Khan tehsil of North Waziristan, tribal sources told The Express Tribune.

Tabai village is said to be a hideout for militants belonging to several groups, including those from the faction of Pakistani Taliban commander Hafiz Gul Bahadur and the Haqqani network which, US officials, have blamed for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan.

The drones fired four missiles at a house with al Mansoor inside, destroying two rooms and a car, tribal sources said. Residents saw four drones flying over the area during the attack. Tribal sources added that three other fatalities were family members of al Mansoor.

Al Mansoor is the fourth mid-to-senior-level al Qaeda leader reported to have been killed in four drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas since Nov. 29. The most senior of them, Khalid bin Abdul Rahman al Husainan, a religious leader who is also known as a Abu Zeid al Kuwaiti, is reported to have been killed in a drone attack in North Waziristan on Dec. 6.

Two midlevel al Qaeda military commanders, Abdul Rehman al Zaman Yemeni and Sheikh Abdul Bari, are reported to have been killed in airstrikes in South Waziristan on Dec. 1 and Nov. 29, respectively.

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