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Al Qaeda leader killed

Discussion in 'International Forum' started by Nazjaz, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. Nazjaz

    Nazjaz JF-Expert Member

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    Al-Qaida militant killed in US strike in
    Pakistan
    By ISHTIAQ MEHSUD
    AP
    A top al-Qaida commander and possible
    replacement for Osama bin Laden was killed
    in an American drone-fired missile strike
    close to the Afghan border, a fax from the
    militant group he heads and a Pakistani
    intelligence official said Saturday.
    Ilyas Kashmiri's apparent death is another
    blow to al-Qaida just over a month after bin
    Laden was killed by American commandos
    in a northwest Pakistani army town.
    Described by U.S. officials as al-Qaida's
    military operations chief in Pakistan, the 47-
    year-old Pakistani was one of five most-
    wanted militant leaders in the country,
    accused of a string of bloody attacks in
    South Asia, including the 2008 Mumbai
    massacre, as well as aiding plots in the
    West. Washington had offered a $5 million
    bounty for information leading to his
    location.
    His death was not confirmed publicly by the
    United States or Pakistani officials. Verifying
    who has been killed in the drone strikes is
    difficult. Initial reports have turned out to be
    wrong in the past, including one in
    September 2009 that said Kashmiri had
    been killed. Sometimes they are never
    formally denied or confirmed by authorities
    here or in the United States.
    But a fax from the militant group he was
    heading— Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islami's
    feared "313 Brigade" — confirmed Kashmiri
    was "martyred" in the strike at 11:15 p.m.
    Friday in South Waziristan tribal region. It
    was sent to journalists in Peshawar.
    "God willing, America, which is the
    'pharaoh' of this, will soon see a revenge
    attack, and our real target is America," it
    said. The statement was handwritten
    written on a white page bearing name of
    the group, which has not previously
    communicated with the media.
    The Pakistani official also said Kashmiri was
    among nine militants killed in the strike. He
    spoke on condition of anonymity in line
    with his agency's policy. On Friday night,
    officials said several missiles hit a
    compound. The official Saturday said the
    men were meeting in an apple orchard near
    the house when the missiles hit.
    Kashmiri's name was on a list of militants
    that the United States and Pakistan recently
    agreed to jointly target, officials have said.
    The successful strike could help repair ties
    between the two countries that were badly
    damaged by the unilateral American raid,
    especially if Islamabad helped provide
    intelligence leading up to the attack.
    Said to be blind in one eye and missing a
    finger, Kashmiri was one of the country's
    most accomplished— and vicious —
    militants. He fought with jihadi fighters in
    Afghanistan and in Indian-held Kashmir in
    the 1990s and was so close to al-Qaida's
    central command that he had been
    mentioned as a contender for replacing bin
    Laden, though many analysts thought the
    fact that he was not an Arab meant he was
    unlikely to get the post.
    Indian officials have alleged he was involved
    in the 2008 Mumbai siege that killed more
    than 160 people. He has also been named a
    defendant in an American court over a
    planned attack on a Danish newspaper that
    published cartoons depicting the Prophet
    Muhammad in 2005.
    In an ongoing terror trial in Chicago,
    testimony from an American-Pakistani
    militant has alleged that Kashmiri helped
    plan the Mumbai siege and wanted to attack
    U.S. defense contractor Lockheed Martin.
    Kashmiri had been angry over U.S. drone
    attacks inside Pakistan and wanted to
    target the company, David Coleman Headley
    testified.
    Kashmiri has most recently been linked to
    last month's 18-hour assault on a naval
    base in Karachi. He is also accused of
    masterminding several bloody raids on
    Pakistan police and intelligence buildings in
    2009 and 2010, as well as a failed
    assassination attempt against then-
    President Pervez Musharraf in 2003.
    The U.S Department of State says he
    organized a 2006 suicide bombing against
    the U.S. consulate in Karachi that killed four
    people, including an American diplomat.
    American drones began firing missiles at al-
    Qaida and Taliban targets along the border
    in 2005, but the attacks picked up pace in
    2008 and have risen in frequency ever
    since. Pakistani army officers and politicians
    publicly protest them, too weak to admit to
    working with the ever unpopular America
    in targeting fellow Pakistanis, but the
    country's intelligence agencies have been
    known to occasionally provide targeting
    information.
    Opposition to the strikes grew this year
    after a CIA contractor shot and killed two
    Pakistanis in the street, triggering ever
    more intense anti-American anger. After the
    bin Laden raid, which was seen by many
    here as an outrageous violation of the
    country's sovereignty, the parliament issued
    a declaration calling for the attacks to end.
    Pakistani leaders were not immediately
    available for comment on Friday's attack.
    Kashmiri was accused of killing many
    Pakistanis, including police and army
    officers, so their public reaction may be
    muted.
    The United States does not acknowledge
    the CIA-run program, though its officials
    have confirmed the death of high-value
    targets before, including the head of the
    Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, in 2009
    —a strike welcomed by many Pakistan
    officials because he too was a sworn enemy
    of the country.
    Washington says the strikes are accurately
    killing militants and are disrupting plots
    against the West as well as planned attacks
    on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
     
  2. Edward Teller

    Edward Teller JF-Expert Member

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    Seem like pakistan is worse than afghanstani-as it shelter most of the high ranking terrorists and taliban militants
     
  3. Zing

    Zing JF-Expert Member

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    Boring yaani wewe ni copy and paste tu kwa nini usi arrange hiyo habari iwe presentable

    Bora ungeweka link tu tuifuate huo huko
     
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