US drone strike kills another al Qaeda commander in North Waziristan

By Bill Roggio

The Long War Journal

The US killed another al Qaeda commander in a drone strike in Pakistan’s Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan yesterday.

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MQ-9 Reaper Hunter/Killer UAV

The remotely-piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers fired several missiles at a compound in the village of Tapi near Miramshah in North Waziristan, according to Reuters.

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Another one bites the dust.

An al Qaeda commander known as Mohammad Ahmed al Mansoor and three of his family members were killed in the attack, the Express Tribune reported.

Al Mansoor was a midlevel al Qaeda commander, US intelligence officials who are familiar with al Qaeda’s operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan told The Long War Journal. One intelligence official said that Al Mansoor was “one of many Pakistanis who are filling out leadership positions in al Qaeda.” Two other senior Pakistani al Qaeda leaders have been killed in US drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas so far this year.

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. Complete article below.

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