US drone strike killed 6 top Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan

US drone conducting surveillance. File Pic
US drone conducting surveillance. File Pic

US drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal agency on July 10 has killed six top Al Qaeda militants.

Islamabad, July 22/Nationalturk – The July 10 US drone strike in Datta Khel area of North Waziristan tribal agency, where Pakistan army launched military operation last month, has killed six top Al Qaeda commanders.

Pakistan newspaper, The News, said the six al-Qaeda leaders were killed in July 10 US drone strike. The US drone had struck in the Doga Mada Khel village in North Waziristan Agency’s Datta Khel are.

Among the  killed was Al-Qaeda’s chief operational commander Mustafa Abu Yazid. He was a close aide of slain Osama bin Laden and had claimed responsibility for 2007 murder of former Pakistan premier Benazir Bhutto in Rawalpindi.

The newspaper said Al Qaeda’s head of  Victory Committee, Sanafi al Nasr, who is based in Syria through his tweeter account has confirmed killing of six of his “dearest comrades” in US drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal area.

‘Nasr named 3 killed in drone strike’

Nasr, a Saudi national and cousin of Osama bin Laden, who is responsible for developing and implementing al-Qaeda’s strategy and policies, has named three of the dead in US drone strike Taj Al Makki, Abu Abdur Rahman Al Kuwaiti and Fayez Awda Al Khalidi but did not give names of three others killed in the drone strike.

Makki hailed from Saudi Arabia, Rahman from Kuwait and Khalidi as mid-level commander.

The Datta Khel area in North Waziristan has seen four US drone strikes since the launch of Operation Zarb-e-Azab by Pakistan military on June 15.

Pakistan military launched to operation to eliminate local and foreign militants in North Waziristan tribal agency. According to Pakistan army, over 400 militants and 20 soldiers have been killed in the operation so far.

Pakistan army has said it has recovered large cache of arms and ammunition and destroyed militants command centre.

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