KEY: Terror Leader Killed in Missile Strike?
By HABIBULLAH KHAN and MARTHA RADDATZ
Jan. 30, 2008
Pakistani intelligence sources say they believe a "high-value" al Qaeda target was killed in a missile strike yesterday in the country's tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
U.S. officials said there was no indication that the target was Osama bin Laden or his deputy Ayman al Zawahri, but one senior official told ABCNews.com the strike was aimed at one particular figure.
"We don't know whether we got him yet, we are sorting through it," the official said, indicating the intended target was a top leader of the terror group.
The official also ruled out as a target American al Qaeda Adam Gadahn, who appeared recently in a propaganda videotape.
"Gadahn may be recognizable to all of you, but he is really not that high up on the food chain in al Qaeda and not that important," the official said.
Pakistani officials initially said that 12 suspected militants had been killed in a midnight strike against a home in a village in North Waziristan, Khushali Torikhel.
Both the Pakistani military and the CIA have used missile attacks in the past to target top al Qaeda leaders.
The CIA uses missiles attached to the unmanned Predator aircraft which fly over Pakistani airspace with tacit Pakistani government approval.
MIRAMSHAH, Jan 29: Twelve suspected militants were killed in a missile attack on a house in Mirali tehsil in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region on Monday night, officials and witnesses said.
The missile hit a house in Khushali Torikhel village, about three kilometres off Mirali town.
It landed in the guestrooms and killed the 12 people.
Residents said the two guestrooms of the house were destroyed.
( They knew where the guestrooms were, which rooms to target them...G )
Local tribesmen immediately took the bodies in possession and buried them.
�A loud explosion rocked the area at 11.22pm and the people came out of their homes in panic,� a resident said.
He said that nobody exactly knew the occupants of the household and some foreigners might have been in the house.
The attack caused anger among tribesmen and students staged a protest in Miramshah. They chanted slogans against the government and the United States.
It could not be confirmed if the attack was carried out by the Pakistani security forces, but locals suspected that the missile had been fired from a drone.
The tribesmen warned that the attack could derail the ongoing talks with militants for restoration of peace in the restive region.
7 Arabs among missile victims
By Our Correspondent
MIRAMSHAH, Jan 30: Militants retrieved and buried on Wednesday the bodies of 12 foreigners who had been killed in a missile attack on a residential compound in the Khushali Toorikhel area of North Waziristan on Monday night.
Local people said the identity of the militants killed in the attack remained unknown but according to unconfirmed reports seven of them were Arabs while the other five from central Asian.
The compound, located about three kilometres south of Mirali town, is owned by Abdus Sattar, a driver, who survived the attack.
A large number of militants had surrounded the site to get the bodies which the later buried in a local graveyard.
�Militants are still keeping the local people away from the place,� a villager told Dawn on phone. He said that unmanned air vehicles had hovered over the area on Wednesday.
The attack is a mystery because it is still not known who had fired the missile.
Some local people claimed that a drone had fired the missile but officials have been keeping quiet.
�I heard the sound of a plane just before the explosion,� said the man who identified himself as Zaheer Gul.
Several places in the North Waziristan have come under attack in the recent past. A house was attacked in Mosaki village in Mirali tehsil in December 2005 in which Al Qaeda�s operational commander Hamza Rabia was killed.
Meanwhile, militants attacked a security base in the Razmak sub-division of North Waziristan on Wednesday.
According to sources, two army soldiers were killed while another was injured in the afternoon attack.
They said that the militants had sneaked into Razmak from the adjacent Makin area where security forces had launched an operation against supporters of Baitullah Mehsud.
Al Qaeda Leader Killed in North Waziristan?
Yesterdays airstrike against a purported Taliban safe house in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal agency resulted in 12 killed just as the Taliban and the government are prepared to sign a new peace accord. But the strike may have claimed a high value al Qaeda leader, ABC News reported today.
Pakistani intelligence sources say they believe a "high-value" al Qaeda target was killed in a missile strike yesterday in the country's tribal region bordering Afghanistan. U.S. officials said there was no indication that the target was Osama bin Laden or his deputy Ayman al Zawahri, but one senior official told ABCNews.com the strike was aimed at one particular figure. "We don't know whether we got him yet, we are sorting through it," the official said, indicating the intended target was a top leader of the terror group.
While the Internet is abuzz with the possibility of Osama bin Laden or Ayman al Zawahiri being killed, the likelihood, as ABC News noted, is low. A series of airstrikes in the tribal areas from earlier 2006 onward has yielded only two mid-level a Qaeda operatives: Imam Asad, the chief trainer of the Black Guard, and Mohsin Matawalli Atwa, one of the architects of the 1998 attacks on the U.S. Embassies in Eastern Africa.
Anonymous Pakistani intelligence officials have misled the U.S. officials about the deaths of high value al Qaeda targets in the past. The Pakistanis claimed six senior al Qaeda operatives were killed in a strike in January 2006. These leaders were: Midhat Mursi al Sayid Umar (Abu Khabab), al Qaeda's WMD expert; Abdul Rahman al Maghribi, Zawahiri's son-in-law and an al Qaeda commander; Abu Obaidah al Masri, the Kunar, Afghanistan operations chief; Marwan al Suri, the Waziristan operations chief; Khalid Habib, the commander of southeastern Afghanistan commander; and Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, a member of al Qaeda's military committee. The Washington Post reported almost two years later that they had, in fact, survived the attack. Abd al Hadi al Iraqi was captured while trying to enter Iraq in April 2007.
I noted yesterday that the strike may have been designed to derail the new peace talks, as happened in October 2006 in Bajaur agency. At that time, the government was negotiating with Faqir Mohammed and his local Taliban forces in Bajaur. The government leveled a Taliban training camp at the Chingai madrassa, killing more than 80 Taliban. The peace talks with the Taliban in Bajaur were sabotaged, but a deal was cut six months later in March 2007.
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It seems that Dernawi is the man referred to by the media as Pakistani «Vice Abu Zuhri» who was killed in Mir Ali, among a group of at least seven Arabs and six from Central Asia. ونقلت وكالة «أسوشيتد برس»، أمس، عن مصدرين في الاستخبارات الباكستانية قولهما إن «أبو الليث» قُتل عندما كان يحاول استخدام هاتف يعمل بالأقمار الاصطناعية ويدخل إلى الشبكة العنكبوتية العالمية (الانترنت) في منزل قيادي قبلي متشدد يدعى «عبدالستار». The news agency «Associated Press» yesterday, the sources in the Pakistani intelligence as saying that «Abu Zuhri» killed when he tried to use satellite phone works and enters the World Wide Web (Internet) at the home of a leading tribal hard-liner named «Abdul Sattar».
About the martyrdom of the leader struggling
Sheikh / Abu Zuhri Libyan - accepted by God in the martyrs --
( He was not a Martyrs, to call him a martyrs insults all real martyrs, he was a criminal, ordering the deaths of Muslims, women, children, bombing Mosques and market places.. Taliban claims responsibility for mosque suicide bombing G )
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